Texas National Hispanic SMP
We are so Thankful for the many Volunteers who participate and give of their time and energy and talents to this worthy cause. Protecting, Detecting, & Reporting Medicare/Medicaid fraud and Abuse in everyone’s responsibility.
No one could accomplish all this alone. At a minimum, you can become an advocate for your own health care One person can make a difference!
Over the past 100 years, a person’s life expectancy has grown to about age 75. This new generation of elders may be the healthiest, well-informed, active group of people ever in this age group.
In today’s world, there is no limit to the variety and forms of volunteer opportunities.
Make a difference today! Volunteer!
Approximately $1 out of every $10 reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid is lost to fraud, according to early U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) estimates. This means fewer resources for people who depend on these programs for their health care, and puts severe strains on federal and state budgets. Because of these findings, President Clinton initiated an anti-fraud and abuse demonstration project in 1995 called Operation Restore Trust. It focused on home health, durable medical equipment, and nursing homes, the three fastest growing areas of Medicare.
In 1996, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) received $70 million from the newly established Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Account created under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This landmark Act, signed into law by President Clinton in August 1996, created a stable source of funding for health care fraud control efforts. More than $2 million in grants funded by HIPAA were earmarked for new state programs to aid in the fight against health care fraud and abuse.
In 1997, the Minnesota Board on Aging became a partner in this national effort. A campaign called Medicare FYI was launched to increase public awareness in Minnesota. On January 1, 2007, the program became known as SMP.