SMP Enables Seniors to Fight Fraud
Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) uses volunteers to educate Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries about health care fraud, waste and error.
Due to the unscrupulous methods of some individuals and businesses, Medicare and Medicaid lose billions of dollars in valuable resources that should have benefited enrollees.
The SMP program enables seniors to step up and make an impact in the fight against fraud. The dedicated corps of SMP volunteers makes a difference. SMP programs seek volunteers whose skills, abilities, and personal goals are compatible with the goals and mission of the program.
One of the main goals of the SMP program is to develop a corps of senior volunteers and professionals who can help their peers become better health care consumers. Most SMP programs also provide opportunities for civic-minded individuals, not yet eligible for Medicare, who have the time and interest to assist the program. Volunteers are a valuable resource to the SMP program, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AASC), its staff and its clients.
AASC offers the services of an ombudsman to coordinate SMP volunteers. Inquiries about volunteering may be directed to Brenda Thompson at 276.964.4915.
AASC is one of Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging designated by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services to carry out the department’s mission to foster the dignity, independence and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with communities at the local level. AASC offers information and services for older adults residing in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties. Visit the organization’s website at www.aasc.org or call toll-free at 1-800-656-2272.