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Fraud Alert

Friday, May 3, 2013



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Fraud In The News

The following are current news articles about health care and fraud issues.


Consumer Fraud:
  1. “Consumer Alert: Madigan Warns Residents to Remain Alert for “Storm Chasers” After Severe Storms, Floods In Chicago” (IL Attorney General Press Release): http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2013_04/20130419.html



Dear SMP readers,

This week’s Fraud Alert contains a Kaiser Health News and NPR Story on scam calls and a new report on senior designations for financial advisers.
Have a great weekend!

What you will find in this week’s Fraud Alert


  • Kaiser Health News and NPR Story on Health Care Fraud Calls

  • CFPB Report on Senior Designations for Financial Advisers


Kaiser Health News and NPR Story on Health Care Fraud Calls

Recently, Kaiser Health News and NPR did a report on health care fraud. You can read the full story and listen to the NPR segment at this link: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/April/22/insurance-scams.aspx


This story includes an interview with a woman who received a call for her personal information to get a “new Medicare card.” This woman knew to hang up the phone without giving her information, which is the best thing to do in these situations.

CFPB Report on Senior Designations for Financial Advisers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report titled “Senior Designations for Financial Advisers: Reducing the Consumer Confusion and Risks.” This report examines the various designations and certifications that financial advisers who work with older adults may have. CFPB found that these designations may be confusing to older consumers, and this report makes policy recommendations. Read the full report here: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/reports/senior-designations-for-financial-advisers

Jason B. Echols, MSW, Health Care Consumer Protection Coordinator

AgeOptions

1048 Lake Street, Suite 300

Oak Park, IL 60301

phone (708)383-0258   fax (708)524-0870



jason.echols@ageoptions.org

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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.




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