• 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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  • CDA Solicits Comments on California’s State Plan on Aging

    By on May 9, 2017

    Passionate about healthy aging issues in California? If so, you can get involved! And one simple way is through reviewing and submitting your comments on the California Department of Aging’s (CDA) draft of their California State Plan on Aging – 2017-2021. The plan is posted on their website at http://aging.ca.gov/. The CDA encourages seniors,...

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  • National Volunteer Spotlight Falls on SMP Volunteer, Gary Molina!

    By on May 9, 2017

    The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) recently highlighted one of our SMP volunteers, Gary Molina as part of National Volunteer Week. He was picked as one of 6 volunteers highlighted nationwide. The N4A has about 90,000 volunteers in various programs across the country.   Congratulations Gary!!! And Thank You to all...

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  • 35 Organizations Provide Feedback to CMS on “Welcome to Medicare” Package

    By on May 5, 2017

    CHA and 34 other organizations provided recommendations on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “Welcome to Medicare” packages in response to their request for feedback. These packages are for people newly eligible for Medicare and people with disabilities who are automatically enrolled.

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  • House Passes AHCA ~ Takes Away Health Care Protections & Affordability from Millions of Americans

    By on May 4, 2017

    By a margin of 4 votes, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This legislation guts the Medicaid program and puts an unprecedented and unsustainable burden of cost on older adults between 50-64 years of age and those who...

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  • Why You’re Getting a New Medicare Card & Scams to Watch Out For

    By on May 3, 2017

    Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 a couple years ago with the aim of decreasing Medicare beneficiaries’ vulnerability to identity theft. They aim to do this by replacing Social Security numbers with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) on Medicare cards. This welcome change is a major undertaking involving various steps and a set...

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