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.