• CHA Supports Tax Credit for Family Caregivers (AB 806)

    By on March 21, 2017

    California Health Advocates submitted this letter of support for AB 806 authored by Assembly Member Kalra. This bill will allow a family caregiver tax credit of up to $1,000 starting on or after January 1, 2018.

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  • CHA Advocates for Family Caregiver Respite Support Bill (SB 177)

    By on March 21, 2017

    California Health Advocates submitted this letter of support for SB 177 (Nguyen) Family Caregiver Respite Support which will appropriate funds to the eleven statewide Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs) to reinstate much needed respite care services to unpaid family caregivers.

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  • 24 Million People to Lose Health Insurance Under GOP’s American Health Care Act

    By on March 17, 2017

    Earlier this week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released their analysis of the health care legislation proposed to replace the Affordable Care Act. The report concludes that Medicaid would be cut by $880 billion over 10 years and 24 million Americans would lose insurance coverage by 2026 -- 14 million of them under Medicaid.

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  • New Medicare Cards Coming in 2018 ~ Beware of Scams

    By on March 14, 2017

    Have you heard you’ll be getting a new Medicare card? Wondering when or why? This isn’t happening until April 2018 but scammers are already jumping on the confusion as an opportunity for fraud. That’s why we’re sharing some facts.   WHY? Due to Congress passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015, the...

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  • Call Today! Tell Congress No to Medicaid Cuts & Yes to Protecting Our Elders

    By on March 7, 2017

    Our partners, Justice in Aging, put out this call asking Congress to reject Medicaid cuts and to protect our elders’ right to necessary health care. Please read, sign and send the pre-written letter to your Congress people today. The newly-revealed “American Health Care Act” would be disastrous for the many older Americans who rely upon...

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  • Will New MOONs Shed Light on Midnight Madness?

    By on March 3, 2017

    Observation status is used by hospitals to assess whether a patient (usually in the emergency department) should receive continued outpatient treatment, be admitted as an inpatient, or be discharged. The financial difference between observation status and inpatient status to the Medicare beneficiary can be significant. Costs for observation status, which is outpatient, fall under...

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  • Equitable Relief Waives Part B Penalties for Qualified Beneficiaries

    By on March 2, 2017

    The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced that for a limited time it is offering equitable relief to certain Medicare beneficiaries currently enrolled in Medicare Part A and coverage through the individual Marketplace. This relief provides eligible beneficiaries the opportunity to enroll in Medicare Part B without penalty. Further, CMS is also...

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  • Military Scam Offers to Pay for Burial Costs

    By on February 27, 2017

    We recently heard of a scam targeting military retirees with coverage through TriCare and Medicare. Callers contact retirees saying that if authorized, they can guarantee a full military funeral paid by Medicare. All they need is your Medicare number. This is a scam. Medicare does not pay for military funerals. These scammers just want to...

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