What is Illinois SMP?
SMP is the Senior Medicare Patrol, and their mission is to empower consumers to prevent healthcare fraud.
Senior Medicare Patrolís 3 principles are:
1. PROTECT yourself from Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste & abuse.
2. DETECT Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste & abuse.
3. REPORT Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste & abuse.
The Illinois SMP program is administered through AgeOptions in Suburban Cook County, but works with several agencies across the state to further their efforts-- including the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland.
Illinois SMP provides several useful tools to help prevent fraud:
How to read your Medicare Summary Notice (PDF)
Illinois SMP Toolkit (PDF)
The toolkit provides information about Medicare, a checklist to use when considering a private insurance plan, and tips on how to protect yourself from fraud.
For more information and updates on scams and fraud alerts,
visit the Illinois SMP website at