Grant to help New York department fight healthcare fraud

Nov 15, 2010

Recently announced funds are intended to help fight healthcare fraud.

Having the proper healthcare coverage can help in a variety of ways, including lower life insurance costs.

Health coverage may be especially important for seniors, especially since they might face increasing problems as they get older. While programs like Medicaid and Medicare can assist older consumers, government officials want to make sure customers aren't taken for a ride by scammers.

The New York State Office for the Aging recently said it was the recipient of a $430,000 grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging. The funds will be used to help support the Senior Medicare Patrol Program, which provides older consumers with various forms of assistance.

Along with helping seniors pick the right health insurance program and navigate prescription plans, the SMP also informs older consumers on how to avoid fraud.

"This grant will enable us to increase collaboration and program integration within the state and local community networks," NYSOFA Director Michael Burgess said.

Consumers concerned with any kind of coverage fraud can contact law enforcement agencies along with their state's insurance department.

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