Senior Medicare Patrol

Our Purpose

In 2010, we partnered with the Utah Department of Aging Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program in Salt Lake City. Our purpose is to focus on prevention, with a mission of empowering Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud and identity theft, errors, and abuse through outreach and education.

The SMP is a national program for people with Medicare of all ages. SMP is administered by the Administration for Community Living. To learn more, volunteer or to locate your local Senior Medicare Patrol please call 1-877-808-2468 or visit https://www.smpresource.org


Do you think you are a victim of Medicare fraud or abuse?
If you need help contacting your local SMP, fill out the form here: https://smpresource.news/Contact

SHIP Local Help Assistance Center

January 18, 2023

Have you met your local SHIP counselors yet? If not, here is where you can learn more.

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs help you navigate the complexities of Medicare. Whether you are new to Medicare, reviewing Medicare plan options, or have questions on how to use your Medicare, SHIP can help. For more information go to https://www.smpresource.org/.

January 25, 2023

The Health Insurance Marketplace® is for people who don’t have health insurance. You don’t need to join the Marketplace if you have Medicare. The Marketplace doesn’t affect your Medicare choices or benefits.

SMP Consumer Fraud Alert

January 23, 2023

Medical identity theft occurs when a beneficiary’s Medicare number is misused, either by a provider, a supplier, or by someone posing as the real beneficiary in order to receive medical care. Such Medicare numbers are considered “compromised.”

A beneficiary whose number is compromised may be affected forever by false claims against their Medicare number.

If you believe you may have given out your Medicare number to the wrong person, contact the #SeniorMedicarePatrol today.

Seniors, beware of calls from individuals posing as Medicare representatives who are trying to gather personal information from you. Hang up the phone and report the call to the Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-877-808-2468.

NEWS:

Recent proposals in Congress would drastically impact Medicare beneficiaries by linking U.S. health care costs to foreign countries and encouraging government price controls. We ask Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Mitt Romney, Rep. Rob Bishop, Rep. Chris Stewart, Rep. John Curtis and Rep. Ben McAdams to actively oppose any policies that would be harmful to Utah’s nearly 390,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Utah's representatives should support patient-centered reforms that cap out-of-pocket drug spending in Medicare Part D and ensure pharmaceutical discounts negotiated by insurance companies are shared with patients at the pharmacy counter.


SMP Newsletter

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