Senior Medicare Patrol Program Offers February Volunteer Training

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MILLTOWN — Jewish Family and Vocational Service’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program of New Jersey has opportunities for volunteers to step up and make an impact in the fight against health care fraud.  SMP volunteers work throughout the state, educating Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers to protect themselves against fraudulent, wasteful, and abusive health care practices.

The SMP program is a federally funded national endeavor created to help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report health care fraud.  SMP volunteers not only protect seniors, they also help preserve the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Volunteers receive an SMP Foundations Training Volunteer Manual and are required to participate in a comprehensive, two-day training course.  The next training is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2 and Thursday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jewish Family and Vocational Service, 32 Ford Avenue, 2nd floor Milltown. A complimentary lunch is provided.

Trained volunteers help in a number of ways.  Volunteers conduct group educational sessions illustrating examples of fraud and offering fraud prevention tips; exhibit literature and answer questions at community events such as health fairs; provide one-on-one assistance helping individuals review and understand their Medicare Summary Notice; and respond to inquiries and complaints and help to investigate and solve problems.  The SMP will match volunteers with a task that fits their time, interest, and location.

SMP volunteers help protect people from becoming victims and save money for the Medicare and Medicaid programs and for beneficiaries.  They are the key to the success of the program.  Help make a difference.  To register for the two day training course or to obtain detailed information about volunteering contact Joanne Bartosik, SMP Volunteer Coordinator at 1-732-777-1940 or email:  JoanneB@JFVS.org.


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