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Northwest Aging volunteers receive Senior Medicare Patrol training

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jalane Buhrman, June Richardson, Mike Otto, Nora Beigler, volunteers and Norene Wetherell, staff, Northwest Aging Association.
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Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers Nora Biegler and June Richardson -- both of Spencer, Jalane Buhrmann of Hartley, and Mike Otto of Paullina, recently completed volunteer training on Sept. 15 in Carroll, Iowa, for local area agency on aging, Northwest Aging Association of Spencer. The training was conducted by Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol officials, Shirley Merner and Deb Yankey from the state coordination office in Waterloo.

These area volunteers received training on skills for speaking to community groups and providing one-on-one assistance to Medicare beneficiaries concerned about fraud and errors in Medicare payments. They were also informed of the latest methods used by authorities to detect healthcare fraud and given new tools to inform concerned citizens in communities in the local area. Ms. Richardson received special recognition for 10 years of Senior Medicare Patrol volunteer service and Otto for five years of service.

Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers and staff are available to give presentations to community groups and exhibit at area events. The Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol program recruits, trains, and guides volunteers to help seniors become savvy healthcare consumers.

Anyone interested in learning more about preventing Medicare fraud or who would like to volunteer, contact Mary Dean at Northwest Aging Association, 1-800-242-5033.

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