Every year billions of federal dollars are lost in Medicare due to health care fraud, error and abuse. To combat this and help consumers better protect themselves, the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) project recruits and trains retired professionals and other volunteer senior citizens on recognizing and reporting instances or patterns of health care fraud. The SMP is a national program funded by the Federal Administration on Aging beginning in 1997.
AARP Kentucky staff and volunteer Charlotte Whittaker met with Senators McConnell and Paul, Representatives Guthrie, Massie, Yarmuth, Whitfield (or their staff) and other key members of Congress involved in the lame duck discussions to avert a so-called “fiscal cliff”. From across the country, AARP brought key state volunteers and staff together on Capitol Hill to urge high ranking members of Congress not to reduce Social Security or Medicare benefits in any end of year deal. With regard to both Medicare and Medicaid they told members of Congress that simply reducing government expenditures by shifting costs does not lower the cost of health care—it merely shifts the cost to beneficiaries and other payers.
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