Meet the Medicare Fraud-Fighters

For many older Americans, Medicare has been a life-saver – literally. And, over its 47-year-old history, the government health care initiative has allowed countless more Americans to lived longer and healthier lives. That’s the good news. The not-so-good? Some doctors, pharmacies and other providers try to steal from Medicare by overbilling or submitting fraudulent charges for reimbursement. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter That’s where the Medicare Fraud Strike Force (don’t you just love that name?) comes in. …

Court Rules on Voting Rights: What It Means for You

In two decisions this term, the Supreme Court has changed the political landscape on voting rights. Reaction to the court’s latest decision, in Shelby County v. Holder, ranged from outrage (“Supremes Gut Voting Rights Act” at Huffington Post) to just-the-facts-ma’am (“Supreme Court voids key part of Voting Rights Act because law uses data ‘that does not reflect racial progress in U.S.’” at NYPost.com). What will these decisions mean for older voters? In our coverage of voter registration issues during the …

Would Your Bank Help Scammers Rip You Off?

Do you think your bank has your best interests at heart? A new report may have you thinking twice about that. Two banks, Zions Bank of Salt Lake City and First Bank of Delaware, were not only accused of allowing dubious merchants to illegally debit their customers’ accounts with unauthorized charges, according to the New York Times, but they actually profited handsomely from the transactions. Consequently, tens of thousands of bank customers, many of them elderly, lost more than $100 …

Amid Today’s Political Scandals, What’s the Most Important Issue?

Of the three scandals bedeviling the White House, which is most important? The IRS targeting conservative political groups The Obama administration response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya The Justice Department seizure of records from the Associated Press   Forty-four percent of voters choose the IRS scandal, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds. Older voters agree. Of those 65 and older, 43 percent rate it tops, as do 41 percent in the 45-64 group. Benghazi is …

Fighting for the Crime Victims Who Don’t Make Headlines

This is a guest post from Stuart Delery, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Gloria” was thrilled to get the call telling her she had won $5 million in a Jamaican lottery. In her 70s and living alone, Gloria had never been to Jamaica. But she wasn’t about to turn down a windfall. All Gloria had to do to collect her enormous winnings was pay the taxes and insurance-up front. A week later, the lottery …