Barack Obama may no longer wear the title of president, but he’s still giving back to his D.C. community. The former POTUS made a surprise visit to a Boys & Girls Club in the U.S. capital on Thursday—dressed in a Santa hat, no less.
Former President Barack Obama described by many while in office as the president with “Swag” morphed into Saint Nick with a wink and smile while rocking a festive Santa hat. In his usual charming demeanor, Barack Obama arrived on the scene with a twinkle in his eye and a mission—to deliver holiday gifts to middle school students at a branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington last Thursday.
Known for his gentle spirit and amazing rapport with babies and children, his surprise visit set the tone for a festive occasion. According to The Washington Post—Barack Obama visited for half an hour with approximately 50 middle school students at the Jelleff Club in Washington, D.C., where the children were participating in after-school activities.
During the festive occasion, the former president wished the children and members of staff a “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” before delivering toys collected by “The Obama Foundation.”
In the video, Obama carries a bag filled with gifts as he’s greeted with the smiling faces of overjoyed children.
“Because I heard that you guys were good, and even the ones who were naughty were just a little naughty, I thought I’d bring by some toys,” the former president tells the kids.
In his message Obama adds: “I hope in your communities you guys are all doing something wonderful that brings us all together at a time when people are feeling stressed sometimes and anxious about the future. Doing something good for somebody will make you feel better. Happy holidays, everybody. Merry Christmas. Have a great new year.”
Adding joy to the holiday season in his role as “Obama Clause,” the former president also shared a photo of the visit on Twitter, captioning it, “There’s no better time than the holiday season to reach out and give back to our communities. Great to hear from young people at the Boys & Girls Club in DC today.”
There's no better time than the holiday season to reach out and give back to our communities. Great to hear from young people at the Boys & Girls Club in DC today. pic.twitter.com/FSJkj1qwg9
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 14, 2017
Obama also sent out a tweet wishing his followers a Happy Hanukkah.
Happy Hanukkah, everybody, from the Obama family to yours. Chag Sameach!
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 13, 2017
The former president is not a stranger to making surprise visits to schools and community centers since leaving office. In September, he made a surprise appearance at McKinley Technology High School in D.C. to wish students well during their first week of school. In November, Obama visited a Chicago high school accompanied by wife Michelle Obama and Prince Harry.
— Eric Schultz (@EricSchultz) September 8, 2017
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Medicare Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft: Protecting Seniors From Fraud
Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for personal identity theft. In 2014 alone, there were 2.6 million such incidents among seniors, according to the Department of Justice.
A growing offshoot of identity theft is healthcare fraud, which can result when someone unlawfully uses another person’s Medicare number. Medical identity theft can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which in turn can result in delayed care, denied services and costly false claims.
That’s why Medicare works with the Department of Justice, taking aim squarely at would-be thieves. In the largest law enforcement action against criminals fraudulently targeting the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare programs, 412 people around the country, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were charged in 2017 with bilking U.S. taxpayers out of $1.3 billion.
New Medicare Card for 2018. (Video Courtesy of YouTube)
The next big fraud-fighting push is well underway — and its focus is protecting the personal information of senior citizens by removing their Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
People with Medicare don’t need to take any action to get a new Medicare card. Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mail out newly designed Medicare cards to the 58 million Americans with Medicare. The cards will have a new number that will be unique for each card recipient. This will help protect personal identity and prevent fraud because identity thieves can’t bill Medicare without a valid Medicare number. To help with a seamless transition to the new cards, providers will be able to use secure lookup tools that will support quick access to the new card numbers when needed.
Healthcare fraud drives up costs for everyone, but healthcare consumers can be an effective first line of defense against fraud. Follow these tips to help protect yourself:
- Treat your Medicare number like a credit card.
- When the new card comes in the mail next year, destroy your old card and make sure you bring your new one to your doctors’ appointments.
- Be suspicious of anyone offering early bird discounts, limited time offers or encouraging you to act now for the best deal. That’s an indicator of potential fraud because Medicare plans are forbidden from offering incentives.
- Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds too good to be true.
- Only give your Medicare number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
- Report suspected instances of fraud.
- Check your Medicare statements to make sure the charges are accurate.
- Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or approaches you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will never contact you uninvited and request your Medicare number or other personal information.
- Don’t let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
- Don’t allow anyone, except your doctor or other Medicare providers, to review your medical records or recommend services.
- Don’t let anyone persuade you to see a doctor for care or services you don’t need.
- Don’t accept medical supplies from a door-to-door salesman.
Learn more about how you can fight Medicare fraud at Medicare.gov/fraud, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You can also visit a local SHIP counselor, who can provide free, one-on-one, non-biased Medicare assistance.
With a common sense approach to protecting health information, senior citizens can be effective partners in fighting Medicare fraud.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Trump Children’s Health Insurance Tweet Contradicts White House Administration
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump contradicted his own administration on Thursday when he tweeted that funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should not be included in a short-term plan to fund the government.
Trump’s tweet sent on Thursday morning, seemingly undercut the “Stopgap Spending Bill,” leaving many confused at what could be construed as an “Anti-Chip” tweet.
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