Attorneys general play a significant role in keeping the most vulnerable members of our society safe, including older adults who are often targeted by scammers and other bad actors.

Scams and Fraud 

Individuals over the age of 60 are often targeted by scammers as older adults tend to have more accumulated wealth, are more likely to live alone, and may have medical conditions that make them easier targets for perpetrators. Information on common scams and how to report them are available at ConsumerResources.org.

Elder Abuse 

The National Council on Aging estimates that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced elder abuse. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect by a caregiver. For more information on elder abuse examples, visit Elder Justice 101.

Resources 

There are several national agencies dedicated to preventing elder abuse. To learn more, visit our Elder Justice Resources or Long-Term Care Facilities page.

In 2018, Kansas Attorney General then-NAAG President Derek Schmidt dedicated his presidential initiative to elder justice. Learn more about actions taken during the 2018 Presidential Initiative on Elder Justice.

For more information on state attorneys general work around elder justice issues, visit the NAAG Elder Justice Committee page 

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  • Elder Justice
  • Victim Assistance

NAAG Endorses Edith’s Bill

Throughout the country, attorneys general are fighting senior fraud and abuse. In 2019, several state attorneys general partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal partners to conduct the largest-ever nationwide elder fraud sweep against perpetrators who had repeatedly targeted seniors, resulting in losses of over $750 million.

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  • Elder Justice
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Powers and Duties
  • Public Health

AGs Call for Federal Policy Change to Expand Medicaid Authority

As the Attorneys General of our respective states, we write in support of your legislation, H.R. 3891, that would expand the authority of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) to detect, investigate and prosecute Medicaid patient abuse in non-institutional settings.

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  • Elder Justice
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Public Health

AGs Endorse Federal Bill to Combat Abuse and Neglect of Medicaid Patients

As the Attorneys General of our respective states, we write in support of your legislation, H.R. 3891, that would expand the authority of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) to detect, investigate and prosecute Medicaid patient abuse in non-institutional settings.

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