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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Thursday, July 19, 2004
||Contact: AoA Press Office
Twenty-one Volunteers Honored During National
Health Care Fraud Conference in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, July 21, 2004, the Administration on Aging (AoA),
an agency of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services
will honor the contributions of 21 senior volunteers who serve
as community educators and resources in the Administration’s
effort to fight fraud, error and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid
Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging, will present
awards during a ceremony to take place during AoA’s sixth
annual National Health Care Fraud Control Conference being held
July 21-23 in Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Reception: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(Media are welcome to attend.)
Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 215
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Project grants, originally
the “Health Care Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse Community
Volunteers Demonstration Projects,” were established in
1997 under the Older Americans Act through language in the Omnibus
Appropriations Consolidation Act. Administered by the AoA, the
projects recruit and train retired professionals such as doctors,
nurses, teachers, lawyers, accountants and others to work with
Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
AoA’s volunteers have worked in their own communities
and in local senior centers, educating more than 1.5 million
Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries on how to recognize and report
suspected cases of deceptive health care practices, such as over
billing, overcharging, or providing unnecessary or inappropriate
services. This training also empowers beneficiaries to be better
health care consumers.
Senior volunteers being recognized include:
- Ronald Abrahamson from Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Sonia Abrams from Sun City, Arizona
- Dr. Gustavo Acosta from Wilmington, Delaware
- James R. Barry from Loup City, Nebraska
- Jane Wheat Bettistea from Washington, D.C.
- Norm Bungard from St. Petersburg, Florida
- Madeleine Cote from Greene, Maine
- Frank Dotson from Modesto, California
- Bernard Fletcher from Macon, Georgia
- Betty Goldberg from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Arthur Hardy from North Las Vegas, Nevada
- Jane Heiger from Crossville, Tennessee
- Dr. Lonnie Jones from Chicago, Illinois
- Illa Kendall from Boise, Idaho
- Gary Kuhnen from Madison, Wisconsin
- Elizabeth LaChey from Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Norma Patton from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky
- Ed Petok from Houston, Texas
- Ruth E. Schumacher from Higginsville, Missouri
- Jessie Beatrice Thomas from Mobile, Alabama
- Morris Waxler from Meadows Place, Texas
Additional information about Administration on Aging’s
Senior Medicare Patrol Projects is available by contacting Doris
Summey at 202/357-3533 or by accessing AoA’s Website at http://www.aoa.gov/smp.