• Trump’s Budget Hurts Many, Especially Older Adults and People with Disabilities

    By on May 25, 2017

    The Trump Administration released its proposed FY 2018 budget on Tuesday, May 23. While the title of the proposed budget alludes to building up “American Greatness”, it focuses mainly on tearing down many important safety net and social services programs nationwide. Targeted programs with drastic cuts include those that help young and old Americans with...

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  • Learn 10 Facts About Medicare’s Financial Outlook

    By on May 25, 2017

    Did you know that, contrary to what some believe, Medicare’s financial status has improved since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010?  And that repealing the ACA’s provisions related to Medicare would actually increase program spending and worsen the financial outlook for the program? The overall rate of Medicare program spending growth has...

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  • Tips for Protecting Seniors from Health Care Fraud in Community Settings

    By on May 23, 2017

    Developed by the Senior Medicare Patrol National Resource Center, this tip sheet is for senior center and senior housing staff. The Medicare program and Medicare beneficiaries lose an estimated $60 to $90 billion each year to health care fraud as older adults are increasingly targeted by scam artists. This fact sheet provides basic information...

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  • MA Plan Marketing Fraud is Year-Round for People with Medicare & Medi-Cal

    By on May 22, 2017

    While we often warn of Medicare marketing scams each fall during Medicare’s Open Enrollment, Medicare Advantage (MA) marketing scams are a year-round threat for beneficiaries with both Medicare and Medi-Cal. That is because these beneficiaries have a right to switch plans up to once a month throughout the year. Insurance agents know this and...

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  • CHA Asks Senate Budget Committee to Reject Funding Cuts to SHIPs

    By on May 18, 2017

    California Health Advocates sends a letter to the Senate Budget Committee urging them to sign on to Senator Murphy's letter to appropriators to reject cuts to the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which provides essential services to older Americans in our state.

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  • Simple Actions to #ProtectOurCare ~ Stop the American Health Care Act

    By on May 16, 2017

    As we posted earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a margin of 4 votes. This legislation now is in the Senate and we urge you to take some simple steps outlined by our partners, Medicare...

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  • Review Your Medicare Summary Notices ~ Fun SMP Superhero Skit

    By on May 12, 2017

    This fun and humorous skit highlights how simply reviewing one’s Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) is an easy way to spot fraud. If you see services or items charged for that you never received, call our Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-855-613-7080. This skit also highlights the importance of NOT giving out your Medicare number over...

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  • Tell Congress to Support and Fund Our SHIPs

    By on May 11, 2017

    Recent budget proposals both from the President and Congress would dramatically reduce or eliminate funding for our country’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). In California, our SHIP is called Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), serving over 5.6 million Medicare beneficiaries statewide. SHIP, HICAP in California, is a lifeline for beneficiaries struggling...

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