December 4, 2020

GeorgiaCares Coordinator Speaks to Lions Club

The Lions Club played host to a guest speaker Monday night to discuss medicare issues, senior fraud, and other issues related to the elderly.

Ms. Belinda Jones, the GeorgiaCares coordinator, was on hand to share information, answer questions, and perform role-playing activities in order to educate the group on many topics.

One of the primary topics of discussion was the SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). SHIP provides personalized counseling, education, and outreach to assist Medicare beneficiaries with any and all Medicare questions.

Jones discussed many of the services available through SHIP including Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap policies), Prescription Drug Coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans, long-term care insurance and other public and private health insurance coverage options.

She also talked about the SMP project, known as Senior Medicare Patrol, which empowers senior citizens to prevent healthcare fraud to preserve Medicare and Medicaid for future generations.

The primary goal of SMP is to teach Medicare beneficiaries how to protect their personal identity, detect potential errors, fraud and abuse as well as how to report any violations to the proper authorities.

Ms. Jones enlisted the help of  several of the Lions in educational role-playing activities to demonstrate do’s and don’ts when dealing with potential fraudulent confrontations either in person or by telephone.

The services provided by GeorgiaCares are a part of the Southern Crescent Area Agency on Aging.

The SCAAA plans, coordinates and advocates for the development of a comprehensive service delivery system to meet the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities in the 10 county Southern Crescent Region (Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson).

Federal, state and local officials, elderly constituents, not for profit agencies and the private volunteer sector work with SCAAA in coordinating existing services and developing new services.

For more information on SCAAA you can call 1-866-854-5652 or visit

BACK (L-R):Cecil Davis, Donald Rogers, Taylor Lee, Cameron Sheppard, Denney Rogers, Wayne Ennis FRONT (L-R):Jewell Bartlett, Brenda Davis, Belinda Jones, Mike Nolley, Emily Rogers






















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