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Fraud in the News
The following are current news articles about health care and fraud issues.


Health Care Fraud:
Consumer Fraud:

3. "FTC, All 50 States and D.C. Charge Four Cancer Charities With Bilking Over $187 Million from Consumers" (FTC)

Please share this Fraud Alert with colleagues, consumers, or other professionals in your area. If you have any questions about the Illinois SMP program, or to receive these Fraud Alerts directly, please contact Jason Echols, Healthcare Consumer Protection Coordinator at AgeOptions.


This document was supported in part by a grant (No. 90MP0163 & 90SP0061) from the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Grantees carrying out projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Therefore, points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official AoA, ACL, or DHHS policy. 


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Dear SMP Readers, 


This week's Fraud Alert highlights three recent media stories about the Illinois SMP at AgeOptions, our volunteers, and the scams we hear about on our statewide hotline. Please help spread the SMP message by sharing these stories with friends. Also, see more stories in the Fraud in the News section.


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SMP Volunteer Bob Lapp Featured in Chicago Tribune

Illinois SMP volunteer Bob Lapp was featured in the May issue of the Chicago Tribune's PrimeTime section in an article titled "Medicare Fraud Watch: Learn to Protect against, Detect, Report." The article covers the basics of health care fraud with tips from both AARP and SMP, and we are thrilled that one of our great volunteers is featured. Read more about Bob, SMP volunteers, and this news article by clicking here.

Bob is one of the many SMP volunteers in Illinois and nationwide who are empowering fellow beneficiaries in their communities to prevent fraud. We are grateful for all of the work, talents, and creativity that our volunteers generously give to this program. To learn more about how you can volunteer with SMP, visit our Illinois SMP Volunteer webpage.
SMP Coordinator Jason Echols Featured in Home Health Fraud News Story

ABC 7 Chicago recently aired a news story "Health Care Fraud Cases on the Rise" that featured Jason Echols from AgeOptions. The piece focuses on health care and Medicare fraud in general, including how to detect fraud by reading your Medicare Summary Notice or Explanation of Benefits.

The story also includes a focus on home health fraud in Medicare where fraudulent companies call promising to clean your home or provide services in your home for free. The Illinois SMP released an article about home health fraud in Medicare earlier this year. You read the article by clicking here.

Thank you to our partners at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for helping to coordinate this news story.
Illinois SMP Shares Medicare Fraud Prevention Tips for Article on 7 Scams

The Illinois SMP was featured in an article on titled "7 Scams That Can Destroy Your Finances." This article summarizes seven scams that target older adults, including the grandparents scam, IRS scam, and identity theft, followed by tips on how to protect yourself or avoid these scams. 

SMP shared tips about health care fraud, including never give your Medicare number to a stranger over the phone and always read your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN). The Illinois SMP has a How to Read Your MSN tip sheet which you can view by clicking here.

AgeOptions Ideogram


Jason B. Echols, MSW,
Health Care Consumer Protection Coordinator
1048 Lake Street, Suite 300
Oak Park, IL 60301
phone (708)383-0258 fax (708)524-0870


AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, is committed to improving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of older adults and those who care about them - through leadership and support, community partnerships, comprehensive services, accurate information and powerful advocacy.

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