The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is seeking volunteers in northwest Missouri to help seniors protect their Medicare benefits.

The statewide SMP has a mission to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud, errors and abuse through outreach, counseling and education.

Key to the program’s success is a network of volunteers, who staff outreach events and conduct presentations in senior centers and other venues.

The primary focus of a Senior Medicare Patrol team member is to educate Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one discussions, distributing literature, attending senior fairs, or by making presentations at appropriate locations.

Volunteers undergo a comprehensive training course and receive extensive support from SMP Team Coordinator Samantha Schnell and Missouri SMP Director Rona McNally.

The next training is scheduled for Oct.1-2 in Cameron at the Area Agency on Aging Office located in the Bank Midwest building at 1304 North Walnut.

Call the SMP 888-515-6565 as soon as possible to fill out an application and to register for the training.

For more information about volunteering, or to report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse, call 888-515-6565.