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89 SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN MAJOR MEDICARE FRAUD BUST

Last week 89 people in eight cities across the country were charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively robbed the program of approximately $223 million. Among those charged are 14 doctors and nurses, both real and fraudulent, who wrote bogus prescriptions for medicines and psychotherapy, and bribed beneficiaries for their ID numbers. On Tuesday, roughly 400 agents dispersed across the country to raid various businesses, seizing documents and charging suspects in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Brooklyn, Detroit, Chicago, Tampa, Fla. and Baton Rouge, La.

Studies show that scammers often target those who are affected by poverty, low education levels, and cultural and linguistic barriers. These characteristics are common among some Latino communities, making Hispanic older adults particularly vulnerable to Medicare fraud.

With the support of the Administration on Aging, NHCOA works to combat Medicare fraud in the Hispanic older adult population through the National Hispanic Senior Medicare Patrol (NHSMP). The NHSMP is a program that uses culturally, linguistically and age sensitive educational materials and messages that are especially designed for Hispanic older adults.  The program’s mission is to educate the community and empower them to detect, protect and report Medicare fraud.

While the NHSMP’s efforts has helped increase Latino seniors’ awareness about the widespread Medicare fraud problem and the urgency to report it, Medicare fraud continues to be a national problem. In fact, it’s estimated that fraud costs the program between $60 billion and $90 billion each year.

Tuesday’s bust marks the sixth national Medicare fraud takedown under the strike force teams. According to the Health and Human Services and Justice Department, nearly 600 individuals have been charged in schemes involving almost $2 billion.

As a result of the recent busts, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, held a press conference in Washington, D.C. to announce the results of the sixth national Scams raid by the Medicare Strike Force since 2010.  “Today’s takedown is the latest sign we are beginning to turn the tide on Medicare fraud,” said Sebelius.

NHCOA Hosts Capitol Hill Briefing to Discuss Health Care Access Among Hispanic Older Adults

Washington, DC- The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)- the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers- today hosted a Capitol Hill briefing to shed light on the issue of health care access and its impact on older Americans, particularly Latino seniors. As quality and access to care become increasingly important for the entire U.S. population, the Latino community and Hispanic older adults are particularly impacted.
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Regional Events

With Hispanic seniors currently representing 7 percent of the U.S. older population and continuing to grow, it is critical that they are well represented and understood in all areas of U.S. policies. The Promoting Communities of Success Regional Meetings are part of a series of NHCOA Open Forums and Empowerment & Civic Engagement Trainings (ECET) held across the country, which specifically targets Hispanic older adult communities in different parts of the country in order to truly grasp unique issues they face in their daily lives.

Each Regional Meeting includes an Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training (ECET) and an Open Forum. The ECET is designed to empower local leaders to mobilize their communities and create positive changes through grassroots advocacy campaigns. The ECET is held along with an Open Forum, which allows NHCOA to hear community concerns and gather information directly from Hispanic older adults, their families, their caregivers and their service providers, to ensure their perspectives are part of national discussions. The Regional Meetings promote open discussion about relevant issues and potential solutions. The meetings also provide an opportunity to connect community members with local services and information.

2013 Promoting Communities of Success Regional Meetings

New York Regional Meeting
May 28-30, 2013
Roundtable venue:
The Atlantic Philanthropies
75 Varick St., 17th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Miami Regional Meeting
June 25-27, 2013
Training & Forum venue:
James L. Knight International Center
400 SE Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33131

Los Angeles Regional Meeting
August 19-21, 2013
Training & Forum venue:
The California Endowment
The Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join us and empower others to become their own best advocates. For more information, contact Nataly Arce at events@nhcoa.org or at (202) 347-9733.

We hope to see you there!

National Events

NHCOA Capitol Hill Briefing & Advocacy Day

Every year, NHCOA travels to different regions of the country to take the pulse of the Hispanic older adult population and presents the Status of Hispanic Older Adults, a data and testimonial-driven status report with policy recommendations that captures the hardships and challenges arising from the lack of policies, programs, and strategies to address the aging and diversification of our U.S population. Starting in 2014, NHCOA has hosted a Capitol Hill briefing to launch the report, in addition to an Advocacy Day during which members of the NHCOA Leaders Network conduct visits with Members of Congress to advocate on behalf of the needs of Hispanic older adults across the country. These intergenerational leaders represent seniors, family members, caregivers, professionals, and community advocates from across the country.

 

Dr Yanira Cruz at NHCOA 2014 Capitol Hill Briefing2014 NHCOA Capitol Hill Briefing & Advocacy Day

The 2014 NHCOA Capitol Hill briefing to release the State of Hispanic Older Adults: Stories from the Field report was possible thanks to the support of Lilly, CVS Health, AARP, Comcast, Wellpoint, PhARMA, Pfizer, and Verizon.

NHCOA National Summits (Past National Events)

In previous years, NHCOA hosted the NHCOA National Summit, an annual three-day event held in the nation’s capital, which convened key stakeholders and experts in Hispanic aging issues from across the country. The first two days were the Assembly of National Community Leaders, a leadership development and civic engagement training to empower leaders of today and tomorrow from across the country in the Hispanic community. The event culminated on the third day with the National Summit, an interactive gathering of professionals, academics, policy makers, advocates and experts to share the best of their work, research and experiences in an effort to develop meaningful solutions for Hispanic aging issues.

 

20131010NHCOA1222013 NHCOA National Summit

This 2013 National Summit was held October 10, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and was sponsored by Abbvie, Amerigroup Foundation, Lilly, Molina Healthcare, PhRMA, Verizon, Univision, and Walmart.

 

 

 

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addresses participants at the 2012 NHCOA National Summit on October 2, 2012 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.2012 NHCOA National Summit

The 2012 National Summit was on October 3, 2012 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and was sponsored by AARP, Abbott, Amerigroup, AstraZeneca Lilly, Univision, Verizon, and Walmart.

 

 

 

2011 NHCOA National Summit

The 2011 National Summit was on September 20, 2011 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and was sponsored by Abbott, Amerigroup Foundation, AstraZeneca, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Lilly, UnitedHealth Care, Univision, Verizon, and Walmart.

2011 National Summit Highlights

 

Working Together for a Stronger Golden America: Our Challenges. Our Future. Our Vote.

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) hosted its 2011 National Summit- the premier annual event focused on issues impacting Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers- on September 18-20, 2011 in Washington, DC to host solutions-oriented discussions focused on health, economic security, and the voting power of the Latino community with generous support from the 2011 National Summit sponsors. NHCOA also released a report, “A Snapshot of Hispanic Older Adults: Economic Security, Demographics & Voting Trends.”

The 2011 NHCOA National Summit convened a broad spectrum of subject-matter experts, professionals, service providers, Administration officials, Hispanic seniors, as well as community and national leaders, to explore how our nation can ensure that all seniors enjoy their golden years in health and security.

The discussions were recorded and will be used to develop a white paper to inform policy, program, and research work as it relates to Latino seniors and families. The plenaries, which were facilitated by Washington Bureau Chief for TV Azteca & Azteca America Network Armando Guzman, also served as a networking and information-sharing platform to connect diverse audiences who work for and on behalf of Hispanic older adults.

Understanding these perceptions and preparing for the upcoming demographic shift are critical as we reshape public policy and federal programs focused on the U.S. aging population, such as the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and proposed changes to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Summit also highlighted how the current reality for Latino seniors across the country is shaping voting trends among Hispanics as we approach the 2012 election cycle.

The speakers and panelists at the NHCOA 2011 National Summit were:

  • Congressman Xavier Becerra (D, CA-31)
  • Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D, TX-15)
  • Cindy Padilla, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
  • Teresa Niño, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Lisa Pino, Deputy Administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (USDA)
  • Val Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care and Hospice
  • Cara James, PhD, Director, Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
  • Carlos Ugarte, MPH, Senior Public Health Adviser
  • Nancy Altman, PhD, Co-Director, Social Security Works
  • Rene Perez-Rosenbaum, PhD, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Concepción (Conchy) Bretos, CEO, MIA Consulting Group
  • Mark Hugo Lopez, PhD, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center
  • Andres Ramirez, President, Ramirez Group

The first two days of the National Summit convened grassroots and grasstop leaders from across the country, many of which are members of the NHCOA Hispanic Aging Network, to provide them with the tools to empower and mobilize Hispanic older adults, their families, and communities as well as identify challenges and opportunities to better serve this important population.