California Medicare Coalition

Upcoming CMC Meeting

Medicare Changes in 2017

October 28, 2016 WEBINAR Presenters: Tatiana Fassieux, Board Chair, California Health Advocates, Micki Nozaki, SMP Project Director, California Health Advocates.

Learn about Medicare Changes in 2017. This webinar discusses the following topics:

  • 2017 Medicare Part D cost-sharing
  • Stand-alone Medicare Part D plans available in California in 2017
  • Benchmark plans in 2017
  • Medicare Advantage- landscape of 2017 plans

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Recent CMC Meetings

Medicare Changes in 2016

October 8, 2015 WEBINAR Presenters: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates, Micki Nozaki, SMP Project Director, California Health Advocates. 

Learn about Medicare Changes in 2016. This webinar discusses the following topics:

  • 2016 Medicare Part D cost-sharing
  • Stand-alone Medicare Part D plans available in California in 2016
  • Benchmark plans in 2016
  • Medicare Advantage- landscape of 2016 plans

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Additional resources:

Balance Billing & Concierge Medicine
June 25, 2015 WEBINAR Presenters: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates, Georgia Burke, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging and Micki Nozaki, SMP Project Director, California Health Advocates. 

Learn about Balance Billing and Concierge Medicine. This webinar covers the following topics:

  • What is balance billing?
  • What is “concierge medicine,” “retainer medicine” or “boutique doctors?
  • Can a doctor bill a Medicare beneficiary for what Medicare does not pay?
  • Update on Medicare fraud and current fraud scam?

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Slides on Balance Billing (PDF)
Slides on Concierge Medicine (PDF)
Slides on Medicare Fraud (PDF)
Medicare’s 50th article from CMS (PDF)

Medicare & Covered California
Feb 4, 2015 WEBINAR Presenters: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates, and Micki Nozaki, SMP Project Director, California Health Advocates. 

In this webinar on Medicare and Covered California, you’ll learn:

  • Who can have a qualified health plan and Medicare? Who cannot?
  • If you have a qualified health plan then become eligible for Medicare, what should you do?
  • If you receive premium tax credits then become eligible for Medicare, what are the tax consequences?

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(pass code CMC2015)

Medicare Changes in 2015
Oct 14, 2014 WEBINAR Presenters: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates, Micki Nozaki, SMP Project Director, California Health Advocates; Representatives from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Social Security Administration 

Learn what’s new for Medicare in 2015, including:

  • 2015 Medicare Part D cost-sharing
  • Stand-alone Medicare Part D plans available in California in 2015
  • Benchmark plans in 2015
  • Medicare Advantage- landscape of 2015 plans
  • Special Enrollment Periods

View Webinar (pass code CMC2015)

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Cal MediConnect: a Part of the Coordinated Care Initiative
Mar 27, 2014 WEBINAR Presenters: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates, and Julie Schoen, SMP Project Director, California Health Advocates 

Get updates on Cal MediConnect and news from the California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). Cal MediConnect is the name of the Duals Demonstration in California. The webinar addresses:

  • Cal MediConnect and CCI – Are they the same thing? How are they different
  • Who is impacted? What are their options?
  • Where is this happening and when?
  • Medicare fraud updates

Download slides on Cal MediConnect
Download slides on Medicare Fraud
Download fact sheet on Cal MediConnect (Low-Income Assistance: Cal MediConnect – E-004)

Medicare Changes in 2014
Oct 10, 2013 WEBINAR Presenters: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates, and Julie Schoen, SMP Project Director, California Health Advocates 

Learn about Medicare’s changes in 2014. Topics include: Medicare Part D cost-sharing; Part D stand-alone and benchmark plans, and Medicare Advantage plans in California; new Explanation of Benefits requirement for MA plans; star ratings for plans; and a review of Special Election Periods.


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Changes in Health Care Policy Affecting California’s Low-Income Seniors
Sep 12, 2013 WEBINAR Presenters: Amber Cutler, Staff Attorney, National Senior Citizens Law Center, and Julie Schoen, SMP Project Director, California Health Advocates 

Learn about Medi-Cal expansion and who is eligible after January 2014, Medi-Cal Managed Care expansion in rural areas, Covered California, and updates on the California Care Initiative.

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Medicare Marketplace FAQs
Have You Done Your Yearly Medicare Plan Review?

The California Coordinated Care Initiative: Basics
Jun 27, 2013 WEBINAR Presenters: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates, and Amber Cutler, Staff Attorney, National Senior Citizens Law Center 

Amber discusses the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally-approved dual eligible demonstration project, known as Cal MediConnect. Her discussion includes: what is the CCI; who is affected by the CCI; how beneficiaries are affected; how enrollment works; and how to get involved in the CCI.
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Ending the Improvement Standard
MAR 22, 2013 WEBINAR Presenter: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates 

Elaine discusses what the Improvement Standard is and how the Jimmo settlement agreement ends that Standard. Medicare beneficiaries can now no longer be denied necessary skilled maintenance services provided in the home health, nursing home or outpatient therapy settings on the basis of showing no improvement.
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Medicare Parts C & D: Highlights of 2013 Changes
OCT 16, 2012 WEBINAR Presenter: Elaine Wong Eakin, Executive Director, California Health Advocates
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Accountable Care Organizations
JUN 14, 2012 Webinar Presenter: Diane Caradeuc, CMS Liaison, California Health Advocates
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Medications: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Medicare Part D Fraud: What Does It Look Like?
FEB 09, 2012 WEBINAR Presenters: John Payne, Volunteer Pharmacist with the Pharmacy Foundation of California; Julie Schoen, Director of Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) 

John Payne discusses a free web-based drug safety monitoring service, SafeMedService.org and addresses the potential for medication problems with clients. Julie Schoen presents on Medicare Part D fraud.
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CMC Archives

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CMC Medicare Updates
About the CMC…

The CMC holds periodic meetings and statewide conference calls. Every meeting or call features a special presentation addressing an important and timely topic in Medicare by knowledgeable experts on Medicare, managed care and health insurance issues. In addition, representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration are present to share updates and answer questions.

For more info, contact our Operations Manager, Jasmine Suo at 916-231-5110 or
jsuo@cahealthadvocates.org .

Some of the agencies currently attending meetings include the following: