Preventing Medicare Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

Medicare fraud, errors and abuse affects everyone; billions of taxpayer dollars are lost to fraud and improper claims. This problem puts the Medicare trust fund at greater risk and leads to higher premiums and less money for needed healthcare benefits.

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a consumer education program, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the SMP is to educate Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers about Medicare fraud and abuse. Here in Virginia, it is administered by the VA Association of Area Agencies on Aging and relies mostly on volunteers to help perform the work of the SMP.

SMP is all about senior citizens helping other seniors to prevent, detect and report Medicare fraud and errors.

Catherine and Jeff Fratter, SMP volunteers and members of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, were the guest speakers at the January monthly luncheon of the NARFE Williamsburg Chapter.

To learn more about SMP or NARFE send an email to

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