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The American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter is working with the Senior Medicare Patrol Project to fight fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. The program is meant to educate seniors about fraud and encourage them to report suspected cases. Each year, Medicare and Medicaid lose billions of dollars, undermining the health care system and compromising care.

Speakers from the Red Cross are available to talk to senior groups about how they can protect themselves and expose common fraudulent practices. Among other things, seniors are advised not to buy unnecessary products, give out their personal card number, or let anyone look at medical records unless authorized by a physician.

In order to spread the word, the Red Cross is seeking senior volunteers to talk to others; in particular, the chapter is looking for outgoing people who are at ease speaking publicly and willing to be trained to provide information. Other volunteers are needed to assist the speakers during their presentations. For information, contact the Red Cross at 878-2395 or visit its web site at www.buffaloredcross.org.

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Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels will hold a Volunteer Open House from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sheridan Parkside Community Building, 169 Parkside Dr., Tonawanda, to acquaint those interested in volunteering with the kind of help that is needed.

The organization is in need of drivers, servers and kitchen help between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 874-3595 for information

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For information on other volunteer opportunities, call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 887-2690 or visit its web site at www.uwbec.org.

e-mail: pvoell@buffnews.com

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