Hawaii's Executive Office on Aging awarded $89,000

HONOLULU (AP) - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced Hawaii's Executive Office on Aging has been awarded $89,000 to help fight Medicare fraud.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a San Francisco news release that the grant will help the office's Senior Medicare Patrol program.

Assistant U.S Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee says scam artists are using the new health care provisions of the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to steal from seniors. She says the added funding for the Senior Medicare Patrol will help increase the department's outreach to people with Medicare.

Executive Office on Aging is the state's lead agency in the coordination of a statewide system of aging and caregiver support services.

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