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Editor:

Each year, Medicare loses billions of taxpayer dollars to improper claims. This puts the Medicare trust fund at risk for everyone and affects the future of the Medicare program.

Medicare fraud, errors and abuse also affect current Medicare beneficiaries by:

• Increasing Medicare premiums;

• Wasting money that could be used to improve health care services;

• Causing serious personal consequences for beneficiaries, such as medical identity theft, negative health impacts and personal financial losses.

Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) 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. They rely on volunteers all over the state and country to give presentations, distribute materials, staff exhibits, assist with administration and help beneficiaries one-on-one.

The SMP program at Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc. needs volunteers to help with these efforts. All volunteers will undergo an interview and training process. Call 1 (800) 856-4398 or go to www.wyomingseniors.com/services/senior-medicare-patrol to learn how you can help seniors fight fraud.

SANDY GOODMAN, Riverton, Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc.

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