What is the SMP program?

The SMP program, also known as Senior Medicare Patrol program, helps Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report health care fraud. In doing so, they help protect older persons and promote integrity in the Medicare program. Because this work often requires face-to-face contact to be most effective, SMPs have recruited nearly 6,000 volunteers nationwide to support this effort. SMP volunteers serve in many ways, including outreach, education, and one-on-one counseling. Most are Medicare beneficiaries themselves and are thus well-positioned to assist their peers.

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  1. PROTECT your medicare number
  2. DETECT by reading your medicare summary notice
  3. REPORT your concerns to 1-888-515-6565
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Samantha Schnell is Live presenting Medicare 101. This presentation is intended for individuals aging into Medicare. It is an overview of the Medicare program and it's different parts.

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Today is the first day of Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs every year October 15 through December 7.Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period begins October 15 and ends December 7. CLAIM is a trusted resource to help you compare your Part D prescription plan, review your Medicare Advantage options, and discuss ways to potentially pay less for Medicare! Call 1-800-390-3330 today and we'll get you connected with one of our trained and certified counselors! CLAIM provides free and unbiased counseling and is not affiliated with any insurance company. ... See MoreSee Less

Today is the first day of Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs every year October 15 through December 7.

Did you know that according to the CDC, adults 65 years and older are at high risk for developing serious complications from the flu?

In recent years, flu vaccines have reduced the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations among older adults by about 40%. The flu vaccine is 100% covered under Original Medicare. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan and go to an in-network provider, the shot is also covered.

If someone tries to charge you for a flu shot, contact the Senior Medicare Patrol to make sure it isn't a scam. Learn more about eligibility and costs of the flu shot from the Medicare Rights Center here: smpresource.news/medicareFLUshot
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Virtual check-ins can be used to communicate with your doctor and assess whether you should go to the office for an in-person visit. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, contact your plan to learn about its costs and coverage.
Contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) if you need help understanding what Medicare covers and how to access care.
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