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Fraud in the News
The following are current news articles about health care and fraud issues.

Health Care Fraud:


Consumer Fraud:

Please share this Fraud Alert with colleagues, consumers, or other professionals in your area. If you have any questions about the Illinois SMP program, or to receive these Fraud Alerts directly, please contact Jason Echols, Healthcare Consumer Protection Coordinator at AgeOptions.
 
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MP0216, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy. 
  

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Dear SMP Readers, 

 

In this week's Fraud Alert, we are proud to announce that the Illinois SMP is on Facebook. We also share a story about scammers posing as town employees.

 

Read more in this week's Fraud Alert and follow us on Facebook!

 
New Facebook Page for Illinois SMP
     
The Illinois SMP at AgeOptions has just launched its own Facebook page. Click here to visit our page or you can search Facebook for "Illinois SMP."

Be sure to Like the Illinois SMP page on Facebook in order to follow us and see health care fraud related news first. We will be sharing fraud prevention tips, news stories about health care fraud and law enforcement actions and highlights of the great work our volunteers do.

We have posted the English translation of our Spanish comic book "Mr. Gomez Learns About Medicare Fraud" e xclusively on our new Facebook page as our top post. Visit our page by clicking here to read the story of Mr. Gomez and how he learned how to prevent, detect and report Medicare fraud.

Cast of characters from _Mr. Gomez Learns About Medicare Fraud_ comic
Visit Illinois SMP on Facebook for the English translation of our Spanish comic book
 
Scammers Pose as Township Employees to Get Into Older Adults' Homes

AgeOptions has received a report from a township in Cook County that someone or a group of people are trying to gain access to older adults by pretending to be township employees. Their motive is unclear, but we presume that they were likely trying to defraud these individuals in some way.

Local police received two separate reports. In one instance, the supposed scammer said the township sent them to do a blood pressure screening. In another incident, a woman came to a resident's house and said she was sent by the township to offer cleaning services. The two homeowners refused access and called the police. It is unclear if these individuals approached other older adults or what would happen if they were given access to their homes.

It is important to always question someone who comes to your house unannounced. Ask questions like:
  • What is your name?
  • Who do you work for?
  • What is the name of the program that is paying for this service?

Look up the number for your township or whatever agency they say they are working for and call to verify that they are who they say they are. Any legitimate government or social service agency would be more than happy to help verify the identity of the person claiming to represent them.

 

If this happens to you, please report it to the Illinois SMP at AgeOptions (800)699-9043. 

AgeOptions Ideogram

 

Jason B. Echols, MSW,
Manager of Health Care Access
AgeOptions
1048 Lake Street, Suite 300
Oak Park, IL 60301
phone (708)383-0258 fax (708)524-0870
jason.echols@ageoptions.org

ageoptions.org

 

AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, is committed to improving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of older adults and those who care about them - through leadership and support, community partnerships, comprehensive services, accurate information and powerful advocacy.

Fraud Alerts contain information about current scams taking place in Illinois, announcements and updates about programs or services related to health care and/or fraud protection, and links to news articles about health care and fraud topics. Please forward any recommendations or announcements that you would like to be included in a future Fraud Alert to jason.echols@ageoptions.org.