The SMP program provides an opportunity for seniors to step up and
make an impact in the fight against fraud. The dedicated corps of SMP
volunteers makes a difference.
In 2011, SMP projects had 5,671 active volunteers. Documented savings
to Medicare, Medicaid, beneficiaries, and other insurers resulted in
$32,941. SMP intervention also resulted in a 2011 cost avoidance on
behalf of the Medicare program, the Medicaid program, beneficiaries, and
others totaling $247,850. (Source: SMP
Performance Report of 2011)
SMP projects recruit and train retired professionals and other senior
citizens. These volunteers work in their communities, senior centers,
and elsewhere to educate Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family
members, and caregivers to actively protect themselves against
fraudulent, wasteful, and abusive health care practices.
Since 1997 almost 27 million people have been reached during
community education events, more than 3.5 million beneficiaries have
been educated and served, and more than 30,000 volunteers have been
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers use their time and experience to help your peers protect
their identity, read their Medicare Summary Notices, and avoid getting
taken by scammers. They work one-on-one with beneficiaries, give
presentations to groups, and represent the SMP at events.
They don't do it alone. SMPs prepare volunteers for this important
work with seminars, personalized help, and information they can
take home to study.
The future integrity of the health care system depends upon
you. Join the effort to help save our precious health care dollars
for the care that you may some day need. Find an SMP program in
your state by clicking