Town Hall Teaches Bangor Seniors How to Fight Fraud

Posted Feb. 21, 2013, at 9:46 a.m.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is teaming with Maine authorities to present senior citizens with information and tools to help protect them against Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Russ Van Arsdale, Executive Director of Northeast CONTACT, will moderate a panel of Medicare and Medicaid experts answering frequently asked fraud questions. Panelists will describe some of the common scams criminals use to obtain personal information, which often leads to identity theft. Event attendees will have an opportunity to engage panelists by asking their own fraud-related questions.

Following the event, volunteers from the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will be onsite offering one-on-one counseling to seniors who believe they may have been the victims of fraud.

Who: Raymond Hurd, Acting Regional Administrator, CMS

Susan Waddell, Special Agent in Charge, Boston Regional Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Michael Miller, Assistant Attorney General, Director, Maine Health Care Crimes Unit

Betty Balderston, Statewide Coordinator, Maine Senior Medicare Patrol

When: Wednesday, March 6

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hammond Street Senior Center

2 Hammond Street

Bangor, ME 04401

About The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS is the federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CMS provides information for health professionals, regional governments, and consumers. For more information about CMS, visit

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