Nebraska is fortunate to have a population of mature citizens living across our state who bring their years of experience and insight to their families, neighbors and communities. Our seniors provide the rich thread that holds the fabric of Nebraska together and makes a stronger, and more deeply-rooted place to work and raise our children.
With the advancement of years should come the honor earned from not only accomplishments and contributions of a lifetime, but wisdom gained from a life well-lived. Sadly, it can be at this very point of time, of deserved retirement or change of season, when seniors may find themselves a target. A target of unfortunate treatment by those who would take advantage of any vulnerability which may come with the challenges of advancing age.
The Attorney General’s Office actively advocates for the protection of vulnerable adults directly through the daily work of our office. We have attorneys, investigators and mediators all dedicating time towards responding to and serving the needs of seniors.
Our Medicaid Fraud Unit (MFPAU) as part of the Attorney General’s Office, is responsible for investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud and violations of all applicable state laws relating to the provision of Medicaid services and the activities of providers.The MFPAU reviews and can act on complaints of abuse and neglect of patients at health care facilities that receive Medicaid payments. This includes both physical abuse or neglect and financial exploitation of a patient. Physical abuse includes anything from excessive force in the course of a prescribed treatment, to striking or even sexually assaulting a resident. Neglect can include withholding necessary and adequate food, physical care or medical attention, such as turning a patient who cannot move themselves. Financial abuse includes misuse or unauthorized use of a person’s trust funds, bank accounts, cash, or credit accounts.
Our Consumer Protection Bureau understands scam artists across the country and around the world attempt to defraud Nebraskans, and especially seniors, every day. Elder fraud is more than a frustration and nuisance. It is a real threat that is impacting not only quality but also length of life. Should you or a loved one experience uncertainty, have feelings of fear or concern, or just wish to pose a question, please call either our Consumer Affairs Response Team (402) 471-2682 or Senior Outreach Hotline (888) 287-0778 and let us be of service. For additional educational information on how to protect our seniors, please visit our Consumer Protection Bureau website.