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The Cost of Financial Exploitation of Elder Adults
Exploiting Utah Seniors is estimated to cost up to $ 1 million daily and potentially costs Medicaid millions annually. The majority of this fraud is perpetrated by their children and grandchildren. Jilenne Gunther, Legal Services Director for Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services, has received national attention for her study, The Utah Cost of Financial Exploitation. To read the report and see the impacts on Utahns, click here.
Theft of Medicaid Claims and Eligibility Data - Protect Your Information
On Friday, March 30, 2012, computer hackers illegally gained access to a Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) computer server that stores Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data.
The security breach was detected on Monday, April 2 and the server was immediately shut down.
If you are a victim of this data breach, you will receive a letter from Utah Department of Health. Please be aware, representatives from Utah Department of Health or DTS will not be contacting you by phone or email; however, scammers may attempt to reach you in this manner. We strongly recommend that you do not provide private information in response to telephone or email contacts.
If you believe you may have been a victim:
* Call the data breach hotline, 1-855-238-3339 (English and Spanish speaking options available) to find out if your information was compromised
* Go to www.health.utah.gov/databreach for information about the data breach and resources to assist you in protecting your identification
* Freeze your credit and place a fraud alert on your personal credit file - for information on how to do this, go to www.idtheft.utah.gov
* Contact your Department of Human Services' caseworker/representative
Child Support Payment or Verification, Paternity Establishment:
Send email to Constituent Affairs
Financial Aid, Eligibility Verification or Food Stamps?
Call 1-866-435-7414 or click here
Call 801-265-0444 or visit www.adoptex.org
Contacting a patient at Utah State Hospital?
Call 801-344-4400 or get more information here.
Reporting child abuse or neglect?
Call 1-855-323-3237 or find a location near you.
Reporting elder or vulnerable adult abuse, neglect or exploitation?
Call 1-800-371-7897 or submit a referral.
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