As a member of the Senate Aging Committee, Joe thinks our seniors should be able to enjoy the dignity and peace of mind that their years of hard work have earned them and a safe and healthy retirement. Below are resources from Joe's office, government agencies, and relevant organizations.
Joe can help you if you need assistance dealing with a federal agency, such as the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Medicare and his casework staff is authorized to investigate on your behalf.
If you have applied for benefits from the Social Security Administration and have been denied or your Social Security benefits have not arrived on time, Joe's staff can help get you an answer.
Joe's office may be able to help you with your Medicare issues, including making inquiries to Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) regarding final coverage decisions.
Consumer Fraud and Scams
Consumer fraud is a significant problem in the United States, especially among our growing senior population. Seniors are often the targets of fraud because of a perception that seniors are more vulnerable and have a lifetime of savings available to steal.
If you would like to report a case of consumer fraud, please Click Here to be redirected to the Indiana Attorney General's website
Joe held a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging at the Indiana State Fair in August 2014. The hearing, entitled, "Trust Your Instincts? Tools to Empower Seniors to Identify Scams and Fraud," focused on spreading the word about how to identify and properly report scams and fraud targeting seniors. Click Here for testimony from the participants, video highlights, and a white paper released by Joe's office that details consumer fraud and scams targeting seniors.
Fraud and Scam Preventive Resources for Hoosiers
AARP Fraud Watch Network: Open to both AARP members and non-members of all ages, the program includes prevention tips, a phone number that connects to volunteers trained to help fraud victims, and emails on breaking scam information.
Fraud Alert Program: Indiana's Fraud Alert Program will send seniors who sign up emails and text messages on new fraud schemes and how best to avoid them.
Indiana Outreach Services Team: Free workshops for an organization or community to teach Hoosier seniors how to avoid scamd and fraud, and to identify warning signs of schemes. These workshops can be scheduled by calling 317-234-6668.
ID Prevention Toolkit: The toolkit can help Hoosiers reduce their risk of identify theft by allowing an individual to maintain an inventory of credit cards, identification, and other personal information carried in a purse or wallet in case of theft.
National Do Not Call Registry: Managed by the Federal Trade Commission, the registry allows consumers to opt-out of telemarketing calls.
Resources for Hoosier Victims of Fraud or Scams
Indiana Attorney General: Contact the Indiana Attorney General's office to report cases of consumer fraud.
U.S. Senate Committee on Aging Toll-Free Hotline: The hotline assists seniors who have been the victims or attempted victims of fraud. It is staffed by a team of committee investigators Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT and can be reached by calling 1-855-303-9470.
Indiana State Insurance Fraud Bureau: Individuals can report cases of insurance fraud to the Indiana State Insurance Fraud Bureau by calling 1-800-835-6422.
Security Freeze: A security freeze blocks someone from opening a new account or obtaining credit in a victim's name. Even if an identity thief has access to a victim's Social Security number or other confidential information, the thief cannot access the victim's credit report.