500 University Avenue West, Minot, ND
800-233-1737

North Dakota Senior Medicare Patrol (ND SMP)

PROJECT STAFF

Linda Madsen, Project Director

Brenda Munson, Coordinator of Volunteers

Kale McHenry, Project Coordinator

Lou Wagner, Regional Volunteer

 

 

PROJECT RESOURCES

SMP Brochure

Medicare Basics for American Indians

How to Get Off Mailing Lists

 

Winter 2021-2022 Volunteer Newsletter

Spring 2022 Volunteer Newsletter

 

Jan 2022 ND SMP Scam of the Month

Feb 2022 ND SMP Scam of the Month

March 2022 ND SMP Scam of the Month

April 2022 ND SMP Scam of the Month

May 2022 ND SMP Scam of the Month

Archived Resources

 

 

STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – www.ftc.gov

Medicare – www.medicare.gov

ND Attorney General – www.attorneygeneral.nd.gov

ND State Health Insurance Counseling (SHIC) – www.nd.gov/ndins/shic/

SMP Resource Center – www.smpresource.org

Social Security Administration – www.ssa.gov

North Dakota Senior medicare Patrol: What We Do?

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. SMPs are grant-funded projects of the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL). Their work is in three main areas:

  1. Conduct Outreach and Education. SMPs give presentations to groups, exhibit at events, and work one-on-one with Medicare beneficiaries.
  2. Engage Volunteers. Protecting older persons’ health, finances, and medical identity while saving precious Medicare dollars is a cause that attracts civic-minded Americans.
  3. Receive Beneficiary Complaints. When Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members bring their complaints to the SMP, the SMP makes a determination about whether or not fraud, errors, or abuse is suspected. When fraud or abuse is suspected, they make referrals to the appropriate state and federal agencies for further investigation.

           

 

NORTH DAKOTA SENIOR MEDICARE PATROL FRAUD ALERT!!!    

ND BENEFICIARIES ARE REPORTING SCAM CALLS!  Here’s what’s happening:

  • A beneficiary receives the Scam of the Month fact sheet in the mail.
  • Following the mailing, they get a phone call where the caller claims to be from ND SMP.
  • The caller requests credit card information, stating that in order to continue to receive the Scam of the Month fact sheet, payment needs to be made to SMP.

ND SMP does publish the Scam of the Month fact sheet; however, it is a free publication. THIS IS A SCAM. Just as Medicare will never “cold” call you, neither will ND SMP. SMP will NEVER charge to assist Medicare beneficiaries. SMP services are free.
If you have not initiated the call, or do not know who you are talking to, do not give your credit card number to anyone over the phone. If you have been a victim of this scam, contact ND SMP at 1-800-233-1737.

 

 

WHERE ARE WE LOCATED

We are located at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) on the campus of Minot State University:

500 University Avenue West
Memorial Hall
Minot, ND 58707

Contact US

Phone: 1-800-233-1737

or 701-858-3580

Email: ndsmp@minotstateu.edu

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This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0021, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201

Points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official ACL or DHHS policy.