• Americans Demand Hands Off Medicare

    By on December 19, 2016

    Americans across the country are demanding our government to keep its "hands off Medicare". Just last week, seniors and activists delivered more than one million petition signatures demanding that President Elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) keep their hands off the American people’s earned Medicare...

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  • Why Privatizing Medicare is a Bad Deal & Strengthening It is the Way to Go

    By on December 12, 2016

    We full-heartedly agree with the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) and other advocates across the country on strengthening traditional Medicare versus other proposals to privatize and weaken the program. Privatizing Medicare is a very bad deal for our country’s 55 million older & disabled people. Not only have we repeatedly seen that private Medicare...

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  • An Uncertain Future for Medicare ~ Interview with Bonnie Burns

    By on December 8, 2016

    A graduate journalism student, Annalisa Pardo, from New York’s NCC News at Syracuse University recently interviewed our Training and Policy Specialist, Bonnie Burns, on the uncertain future of Medicare. Below are Annalisa’s questions and Bonnie’s responses.   1. What are the pros of privatizing Medicare? I see no benefit to privatizing Medicare and oppose...

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  • What is MACRA? And How Does It Relate to Medicare’s Promise?

    By on December 6, 2016

    Have you heard the new acronym, MACRA? The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) passed with bipartisan support in April 2015 and it will fundamentally change the way our country evaluates and pays for healthcare. The law does many things, but most importantly it establishes new ways to pay physicians for caring...

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  • Women, Aging & Poverty ~ a Disturbing Reality

    By on December 1, 2016

    Did you know that 1 in 5 seniors in California lives in poverty? And women, particularly women of color are disproportionally affected due to a number of factors including a lifetime of unequal pay, higher health care expenses, longevity, lower retirement income, and caregiving responsibilities.

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  • Share Your Story Why #CoverageMatters

    By on November 29, 2016

    Health care coverage is important for all Americans and is one of the first steps to securing access to good care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, over 20 million more Americans now have health coverage that didn’t before. Last week our U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, launched a...

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  • Medicare’s New Way to Pay Doctors Begins in 2019

    By on November 22, 2016

    Have you heard of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program? This Act, which was passed in April 2015, does away with the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate, and introduces a new way payments will be issued based on quality measures. Physicians will start reporting on these quality measures...

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  • 74 Advocacy Organizations Urge the Protection of SHIP Funding

    By on November 21, 2016

    California Health Advocates signed onto this letter regarding saving SHIP funding. Earlier this year, Congress proposed to keep the same funding level, yet the Senate eliminated it. Keeping SHIP funding is essential to the California SHIP network, known as Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program – HICAP. Please use this letter as...

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