Volunteers are needed at numerous locations.  Current needs are:

 

 

Literacy Action of Central AR, Inc.

 

Tutors needed to work with their bridge program TAFF, which is designed in coordination with Pulaski Tech to prepare adults to take the Compass test to begin their college careers.  This is an 8 week commitment starting on Tuesday, September 24th through Thursday, November 21st -- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30.  The location will be at Pulaski Tech West Campus (Kanis & John Barrow).  Mandatory Training will be Thursday, September 19th, 3:30 - 5:30.

 

Please contact Lisa Strain at 501-897-0793 or by email lstrainrsvp@yahoo.com for more information or to sign up to volunteer.   

 

Partnering with Arkansas Senior Medicare Program (ASMP)

 

Together We Can Stop the Abuse and Fraud

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Empowering consumers to prevent fraud is essential in preserving the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) media and outreach campaign, will protect seniors from fraud and scams. 

 

 Each year, health care systems, both public and private payers, lose billions of dollars to fraud, waste and abuse. The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program, works to reduce the incidence of fraud by recruiting and training retired professionals and other senior citizens to recognize and report health care billing errors and suspected instances of fraud.  

 

At present, there are several scams going on in the state of Arkansas. One is a wire fraud, where scam artist will attempt to have a consumer to wire money through work-at-home schemes or fake sweepstakes. Once this money is wired it is near to impossible to recall the wire transfer and get the money back. Another scam is the selling of “Free” Diabetic supplies. The SMP helpline is flooded with calls from Medicare beneficiaries all over Arkansas who are receiving calls from Durable Medical Equipment Supply Companies (DME companies) soliciting free diabetic monitors. There are many more scams around the U.S. taking advantage of ours senior population every single day.

 

RSVP of Central Arkansas has been awarded with a SMP Grant for the 2013-14 budget year to train volunteers within Pulaski, Lonoke and Saline counties in central Arkansas.  These trained volunteers will help educate beneficiaries in places like Senior Centers, Churches, AARP Chapters, and anywhere senior citizens gather. Materials will be placed  in doctor’s offices, pharmacies and places so beneficiaries can read and call if needing help.   These beneficiaries are empowered by learning what to look for while reading  their Medicare Summary Notice (MSN), by keeping a medical journal on their visits to the doctor’s office, or simply counting their medications at their local pharmacies. More importantly the beneficiaries know to NEVER give out their Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security number(s).

 

Since August 2012, RSVP of Central Arkansas has recruited their second class of volunteers. All

 

volunteers received Certificates of Completion after a day-long SMP training seminar. The RSVP of

 

Central Arkansas now has a total of 14 trained and very active SMP volunteers. 

 

 

Please notify Lisa Strain at lstrainrsvp@yahoo.com or call her at 501-897-0793  if you are interested in

 

being a part of this training.