• It’s National Report Health Care Fraud Week!

    By on August 11, 2017

    Did you know the 2nd week in August is National Report Health Care Fraud Week? It was founded by Whistleblower Advocate and Former Department of Justice Attorney, Joel D. Hesch with the purpose of showing the public how to get involved and even obtain a whistleblower reward for reporting Medicare fraud. The official website ReportHealthCareFraudWeek.com provides...

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  • Bonnie Speaks on NAIC Panel Focusing on Retirement Security

    By on August 10, 2017

    Thank you to Bonnie Burns, our Training and Policy Specialist at California Health Advocates, who has served as a consumer representative with the NAIC for 20+ years. Below is a press release regarding a recent panel Bonnie served on to recommend ways to support people prepare for older age with financial planning and insurance...

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  • New Fraud Alert on Lead Generating Businesses ~ Available in 8 Languages

    By on August 9, 2017

    Beware of lead generating businesses and their misleading mailings, many of which are easily mistaken to be from a government entity. Their postcards promise to give more information on government programs and benefits to those who fill out and send in their name and date of birth. Yet, instead they collect these postcards with...

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  • New Class of Hospital Patients May Gain Access to Appeal “Observation Status”

    By on August 1, 2017

    A new ruling yesterday in Alexander v. Price, 3:11-CV-1703 (MPS) certified a class composed of all Medicare beneficiaries who, since January 1, 2009, have received or will have received “observation services” as an outpatient during a hospitalization. This ruling is a first crucial step in creating a legal right where Medicare beneficiaries placed in...

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  • “Skinny Repeal” of the ACA Failed to Pass ~ A Victory for Millions of Americans

    By on July 28, 2017

    Early this morning EDT, the Senate voted on the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time, three Republicans, Senator Collins of Maine, Senator Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator McCain of Arizona, joined the rank of Democrats and voted No, creating a 51-49 vote that killed the efforts to repeal the ACA....

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  • Protect Our Health Care ~ 4 Simple Actions to Take Today!

    By on July 26, 2017

    Below is an urgent update from our partners Justice in Aging on the imminent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and 4 important actions for today! Yesterday, the Senate took a reckless and irresponsible step towards gutting healthcare for older adults and others, and removing critical consumer protections that save lives. With Vice...

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  • Beware of Lead Generating Businesses Posing as Legitimate Government Agencies

    By on July 18, 2017

    Social Security sends out letters to beneficiaries at certain times of the year. For example, in May they sent out letters to beneficiaries who may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program and/or the Medicare Part D’s low-income subsidy program, known as Extra Help. These letters are legitimate. At the same time, however, there are...

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  • CHA Calls for Restored SHIP Funding for FY 2018

    By on July 18, 2017

    Last week, the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its FY18 bill, and among the cuts in programs that older adults rely upon was the total elimination of funding for the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) -- this is called the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) in California. With full committee...

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