Free forum to help inform seniors about fraud and scams

Matt Miller - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) -  A free forum on the dangers of fraud and scams will be held for all Hamilton County seniors.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 23rd from 9am – 1pm at the Maple Knoll Village Auditorium at 11100 Springfield Pike in Cincinnati.

The group hosting the event says that each year, fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare costs taxpayers $60 billion nationally – that's one of every seven dollars in the Medicare program. As leaders in senior services work to combat Medicare fraud, the group says that community's senior citizens must be educated on the ways they can detect, prevent and report this illegal waste of public resources.

To help in this effort, Pro Seniors and WMKV-89.3 will hold a free Medicare Fraud Forum. Several community partners, including the Hamilton County Coalition to Stop Fraud, Scams & Abuse, will be on hand with information to help seniors, families and caregivers identify instances of Medicare fraud, identity theft and senior scams. The forum will also feature an expert panel discussion at 10am.

Panel participants include representatives from:

  • • Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program
  • • Ohio Attorney General - Healthcare Fraud
  • • AdvanceMed
  • • Office of Inspector General
  • • Social Security Administration
  • • Ohio Department on Aging
  • • Ohio Department of Insurance
  • • Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio*
  • • FBI - White Crimes Division*
  • • Pro Seniors*

The Hamilton County Coalition to Stop Fraud, Scams & Abuse is a partnership of social service agencies, business leaders, nonprofits and local law enforcement united to pro-actively educate Hamilton County residents on the dangers of consumer fraud, identity theft and scams in our community.

The Coalition says they have developed a Comprehensive Community Plan to help consumers, created a website and conducts monthly community outreach events to educate citizens in our community to detect, prevent and report fraud and scams.

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