• Recollections of an Advocate: a Brief Overview of the California Partnership for Long Term Care

    By on October 18, 2016

    This policy brief, written by Bonnie Burns, our Training and Policy Specialist provides background and an overview of the California Partnership for Long Term Care, and discusses reasons for its gradual decline. She raises the tough questions as to whether the program is meeting the goal of protecting those consumers most in danger of...

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  • Another $500+ Saved for a Medicare Beneficiary ~ SMP Success Story

    By on October 18, 2016

    Knowing where and who to turn to when presented with a Medicare question, billing issue, or potential fraud can make a huge difference in one’s peace of mind and in-pocket savings! One recent example is with a beneficiary facing a $511.45 bill for a covered Medicare service. The beneficiary’s husband contacted our Senior Medicare...

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  • Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment is Here!

    By on October 13, 2016

    Are you ready? Medicare's annual election period (AEP), also called fall open enrollment begins this Saturday! This is a time to review your current coverage, its changes for 2017 and to shop around for your best options. The AEP runs from Oct 15 - Dec 7.

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  • Medigap Legislation Would Provide New Consumer Rights

    By on October 11, 2016

    The Medigap Consumer Protection Act provides the first major update to the laws governing Medigap plans in more than two decades. We support this long-awaited legislation and the added new consumer protections, including the right to purchase a Medigap to those with disabilities and/or end stage renal disease (ESRD).

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  • Did You Know Part D Covers Vaccines?

    By on October 6, 2016

    Did you know that except for vaccines covered under Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D plans cover all commercially available vaccines as long as the vaccine is reasonable and necessary to prevent illness? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a new fact sheet with information for doctors, pharmacists, and other health care professionals about vaccine and...

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  • Open Enrollment Can Also Open Doors to Fraud

    By on October 4, 2016

    Medicare Annual Enrollment is just around the corner, beginning October 15th and ending December 7th. You will be bombarded with ads soliciting for your Medicare benefits. Did you see the ad for the free back brace in the newspaper? The one covered 100% by Medicare? Or, did you hear the TV infomercial claiming they...

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  • Senior Acting Troupe Ages 60-98 Uses Humor to Educate on Medicare Fraud

    By on September 27, 2016

    What better way to learn about Medicare fraud than through humor and laughter?! The Stop Senior Scams Acting Program℠ does just that with all their members ages 60-98! Founded by director Adrienne Omansky in 1997, the Southern California-based SSSAP gives 40-50 performances a year at senior facilities, fraud prevention symposiums, churches, synagogues, libraries, community...

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  • Rebuild CA’s Partnership for Long Term Care ~ CHA Supports SB 1384

    By on September 13, 2016

    SB 1384 (Liu) provides a vehicle to begin rebuilding the Partnership program to meet the needs of moderate income people who most need benefits to avoid or delay dependence on public resources.

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