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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Arkansas Attorney General hosts 3rd annual statewide elder abuse summit in Little Rock

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge hosted the 3rd annual statewide Elder Abuse Conference on Thursday at The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock.

More than 150 attendees heard from the experts about issues faced by loved ones and the providers who assist seniors and adults with developmental disabilities.

“Too many times our seniors have experienced despicable abuse,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “It is my office’s responsibility to protect the state’s elderly and disabled population from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation–a duty I do not take lightly.”

The conference covered a broad range of topics including elder maltreatment, senior financial abuse, prescription drug abuse by caregivers and tools for the prevention of elder abuse.

Attorney General Rutledge who keynoted the Summit, launched the event and training in 2020 after the Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) continued to experience record numbers of complaints, arrests and convictions. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, MFCUs nationwide recovered over $1.7 billion in payments illegally claimed by providers in 2021.

Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud, abuse or neglect in nursing homes or Social Security disability fraud, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or submit a complaint online.

Additional trainings offered by the Attorney General’s Office may be located on the website.

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