Upcoming workshop will provide tips on Medicare fraud and abuse 

NEPTUNE, NJ –The Monmouth County Office on Aging will sponsor a free workshop for seniors entitled “Protecting yourself from Medicare fraud” from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Monmouth County Connection, 3544 State Highway 66.

Freeholder John P. Curley explained that the intent of this workshop is to help create awareness on the significance of Medicare fraud and abuse and explain ways to protect oneself from it. The program will also inform seniors about common phone scams related to Medicare, and how to avoid them.

Speakers will include representatives from New Jersey Senior Medicare Patrol and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“When a company or individual defrauds Medicare, either accidentally or on purpose, they are stealing from taxpayers,” Freeholder Curley said. “Taxpayer money funds Medicare and misuse of those funds impacts us all.”

The workshop is free and open to all Monmouth County residents, but registration is required. To register, please call 732-303-2828. 

“By paying attention to the Medicare summary they receive in the mail, seniors can learn to detect common billing errors and help recover some of the money lost to Medicare fraud and abuse,” said Michael T. Ruane, executive director of the Monmouth County office on Aging. .

The Monmouth County Connection is located at 3544 State Highway 66 in Neptune, adjacent to the Home Depot and across the street from Walmart.  This new office of Monmouth County government offers a variety of services including passports, passport photos, free notary public, veterans’ IDs, election/voter information, senior and veterans’ services, public access computers and more.

The office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The County Connection is under the direction of County Clerk M. Claire French and is supported by the Board of Chosen Freeholders.