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 2012, SMP projects had 5,137 active volunteers. Expected Medicare
and Medicaid funds recovered that were attributable to the projects were
$6 million. Savings to beneficiaries and others totaled $133,971, and
cost avoidance on behalf of Medicare, Medicaid, beneficiaries, and
others was $113,692. Finally, one project provided information to
federal prosecutors for a case that eventually resulted in a $12.9
million settlement (Source: July
2013 Performance Report)
SMP volunteers work in their local communities to empower and assist
Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent,
detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through
outreach, counseling and education.
Since 1997, over 35,000 volunteers have helped the SMP Program
educate and serve 63 million people.
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