A pilot program with Iowa roots that aims to cut fraud & abuse of Medicaremoney is going nationwide. Senator Tom Harkin says dozens of other states will begin taking part in the waste reduction project.The Medicare Senior Waste Patrol began in Iowa two years ago. It has trained150 volunteers in Cedar Rapids & Waterloo to seek out and report Medicarespending problems. Harkin says the project is now in ten states with25-hundred trained “waste busters” who’ve reached 4-point-5 million people.Harkin says Medicare represents the single-largest source of governmentwaste — outside of the military.
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