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elder financial exploitation, Medicare, Medicaid, Adult Protective Services, MRHRC, USM Aging Initative, Policy


This study sought to determine the Medicare and Medicaid costs experienced by dual eligible older adults in Maine for whom Maine Adult Protective Services (APS) substantiated allegations of elder financial exploitation and to compare them to those of Maine’s general older population. The analysis is an important step forward in estimating the medical costs associated with elder abuse.

Elder financial exploitation may result in significant public burden on Medicare and Medicaid, shouldered by taxpayers. Efforts to detect, investigate, prosecute, and mitigate this abuse will benefit not only the victims, but also the financial stewardship of these public programs.


This project was supported by Award No. 2015-ZD-CX-0003, National Institute of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.

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National Institute of Justice Award No. 2015-ZD-CX-0003



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