Anti-fraud program gets $9 million

Federal health officials on Tuesday announced $9 million in new grants to help seniors identify and avoid Medicare fraud.

The Health and Human Services Department said some of the funding will be targeted to high-fraud areas. The program, known as Senior Medicare Patrol, educates seniors and their families about how to spot, prevent and report Medicare fraud.

There are roughly 5,000 Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers nationwide, HHS said. The program also received $9 million last year.

Federal officials recovered more than $4 billion from Medicare fraud last year.