Help Get Fraud Public Service Announcements Into the Media

Help Get Fraud Public Service Announcements Into the Media

Do you have media contacts? Are you involved with media? Or do you just plain like promoting things? If so, we can use your assistance in spreading awareness on Medicare fraud.

The Administration on Aging (AoA) launched a national media campaign to educate the public on how to prevent, detect and report fraud. Each state’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program is working with their local media contacts to distribute the materials. In California, we’re contacting local newsprint, radio and TV media asking them to air AoA’s TV, radio and newsprint Public Service Announcements (PSAs), and can use our help!

Video Public Service Announcements

PSAs are available in 15, 30, and 60 second videos (English and Spanish).

Here’s the 60 second English version, hosted on YouTube:

Radio Script

Here is an accompanying script for live radio:

“Have you heard, scam artists are trying to trick seniors into giving them their Medicare numbers? Scams like these hurt every taxpayer, draining billions from Medicare and making it harder for seniors to get the health benefits they’re entitled to. But you can do something about it! Join the Senior Medicare Patrol where you’ll work with other volunteers to teach your neighbors how to protect their Medicare numbers, review statements to spot false charges and detect errors, and report suspected fraud. To find out more, call 855-613-7080 for your California SMP program or visit StopMedicareFraud.gov.”

Newsprint Fact Sheet

For newsprint, see this PDF fact sheet: Stop Healthcare Fraud.

Let us know of your success

If you contact some of your local media and they’re a “YES” to air these PSAs, please let us know. We’re documenting the success in getting this important message out to beneficiaries and the general public.

You can contact our California SMP program at 1-855-613-7080. Thanks for your contribution to this important service.

Learn More

For more info on the Stop Health Care Fraud campaign:

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.

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