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Stockdale News: Club views Medicare fraud, abuse films
News from Stockdale Blue Bonnet Club
The Stockdale Blue Bonnet Club met Monday, June 10, in the home of Helen Deason for the regular monthly business meeting. Refreshments were served by the hostess prior to the meeting.
President Pro Tem Gina Deason called the meeting to order. Due to out-of-town guest speakers, the program was presented before the conduction of the club’s business.
The hostess introduced Senior Medicare Patrol Representative JoAnn Brechtel and Assistant Director of RSVP Ted Wolber. Wolber shared two films providing vital information regarding Medicare Fraud and Abuse - Protect - Detect - Report. Illustrations were shared regarding phone scams and personal visits scams. The phone scams are played out with the callers saying they are with companies asking for your Medicare number so they can file claims for merchandise used by Medicare patients. Medicare does not make phone calls; they do not need your Medicare number, as they already have it.
Scams are also worked by persons saying they work for the health department and they ask for your Medicare number so they may assist you in receiving aid for laundry, cooking, and cleaning. Medicare does not do laundry, cleaning, or cooking. Medicare is strictly medical and they do not offer free services.
Brechtel distributed several informative brochures on Medicare, each stressing the importance of not giving out your Medicare number at a health fair for a free service.
In 2009, approximately $47 billion in Medicare dollars was stolen from the American people by scam artists and crooks. The RSVP office is located in Seguin and is America’s largest volunteer network, making an impact on all lives with volunteers assisting in our schools, veterans homes, and communities.
At the conclusion of the program, Secretary Vanessa Bosanko read the minutes of the May meeting, gave the treasurer’s report, and conducted the roll call with 13 members present.
Various committee reports were given. Kay Deagen, Gina Deason, Helen Deason, and Bernice Person served cookies and punch at the Coronation of Queen Melone LXIX Emily Ploch. The Blue Bonnet club members provided the refreshments.
The Card Committee sent 9 cards for May. The Jubilee Float Committee met June 14 to decorate the club’s float for the Jubilee Parade.
The Social Committee suggested the Gruene River Grill in Gruene as the site for the Monday, July 8, outing. A complete report was given on the several suggestions provided during the May meeting. The club voted to meet at the First Baptist Church parking area at 10:30 a.m. and carpool to Gruene for dining at the Gruene River Grill and shopping in Gruene.
Hostess for the August meeting will be Kay Deagen, with Barbara Wiatrek to serve as program leader. Pat Rutland will serve as the August Nursing Home Visitor.
In attendance for the meeting were members Charlin Akin, Edith Akin, Vanessa Bosanko, Judy Childress, Gina Deason, Helen Deason, Mary Denson, Ginger Jackson, Sandy Lynn, Sue McLelland, Pat Rutland, Sharon West, and Teri Wolff, and guests JoAnn Brechtel and Ted Wolber.
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