Las Vegas, Nevada - Kim Harney-Moore, Director of the Nevada Senior Medicare Program (SMP) announced that SMP will be participating with other local agencies in a Senior Safety Fair on Wednesday, May 15th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Ponderosa Ballroom at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas. The Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division administrates the SMP Program which is funded by the Health Care Fraud and Abuse control Program through a federal grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

Kim Harney-Moore, states,” The Senior Safety Fair is an excellent opportunity for our Senior Citizens, their family members and caregivers to learn about community resources and how to protect themselves as pedestrians and drivers as well as from identity theft and scams.  The aged can be easy targets for criminals and we want them to be prepared.”

The resource fair is being hosted by the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) Council to connect participants with senior service providers in the community. Information will be provided on a variety of topics including traffic and pedestrian safety, defensive driving and accessing transportation services. AARP Car Fit will provide a team of trained technicians and/or health professionals to work with participants to ensure they "fit" their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety.  Door prizes will be given away and entertainment will be provided.

In addition to SMP, other participants include Southwest Gas Corporation, Clark County Law Library, Public Guardian’s Office, North Las Vegas Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, AARP Nevada, Nevada State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Regional Transportation Commission, Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, HELP of Southern Nevada, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Nevada Department of Veterans Services, Nevada Senior Services, and the Social Security Administration.

The SMP program empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud, errors and abuse through outreach, counseling and education. Staff and volunteers provide information on how to protect Medicare beneficiary personal information, detect errors as well as potential fraud and abuse, and how to report errors and suspicious activity.  Potential fraud and abuse complaints are reported to the appropriate authorities for investigation.  Referrals to other community resources are made as needed

For additional information about the Senior Medicare Patrol:

SMP Help Line (888) 838-7305


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