Senior Medicare Patrol is a federal grant program funded by the Administration for Community Living and the Older Americans Act. The program was created in 1997 through the Omnibus Consolidation Appropriation Act. There are 54 SMP programs throughout the country - all 50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Senior Medicare Patrol's purpose is to combat Medicare fraud by teaching Medicare beneficiaries to detect, protect, and report. The Senior Medicare Patrol helps Medicare beneficiaries detect fraud through education and outreach about common scam practices, billing errors, and what Medicare does and does not cover. The Senior Medicare Patrol also teaches Medicare beneficiaries how to protect their Medicare benefits and identity. The Senior Medicare Patrol also helps Medicare beneficiaries learn how to report fraud and also assists in reporting suspected fraud.
The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services was awarded the Senior Medicare Patrol grant in June 2015. The WV SMP program works closely with the WV SHIP program to provide comprehensive assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their family members and caregivers. WV SMP is always looking for additional volunteers to provide these services.