Medicare scams hurting senior citizens, taxpayers

It’s bad enough that Medicare is running out of money and that elderly people can’t afford their medication and treatment they desperately need.  But the Associated Press reported today that 36 people, including health care providers and Medicare recipients, were arrested for involvements in Medicare scams totally $251 million.

Of the group, six patients are accused of selling their Medicare numbers to various clinics so the clinics could make false claims. One woman’s Medicare number was reported to be used to make more than 3,700 claims over six years – services she never received.

Now I don’t know the full story, but folks make sure that your parents and loved ones don’t fall victim to scams involving senior citizens by smooth talking con artists.  If for no other reason, you the taxpayer won’t have to pay the bill and maybe, just maybe Americans will be  able to afford health care in the future.

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