About Us

About California Health Advocates

Founded in 1997, California Health Advocates is the leading Medicare advocacy and education non-profit in California. We receive financial support from private and public organizations. See our grantors and sponsors, meet our staff, read articles mentioning CHA, or read about our first 10 years. Our work includes:

Advocacy & Policy

Advocacy: Advocating on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries and their families, we target federal and state level legislators and their staff through media and educational campaigns. We also cultivate and collaborate with strategic partners concerned with Medicare-related issues.

Policy: As the premiere watchdog organization for Medicare in California, we conduct public policy research to support improved rights and protections of Medicare beneficiaries and their families. We frequently partner with other statewide and national Medicare organizations to promote policies that positively impact Medicare.

See our Press Releases and Press Mentions.


We provide accurate and up-to-date Medicare information for both Medicare beneficiaries and their families — and the, advocates and providers who serve them.

For California beneficiaries and their families: Our website provides Medicare information organized by topic, with English and Spanish podcasts available in several sections. We also support the state’s Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) who work directly one-on-one with California’s Medicare population through our trainings, technical assistance and educational materials.

For Medicare professionals: We provide current Medicare information and education through this website, our e-newsletter, blog articles, and our widely-used fact sheets concerning the Medicare’s most pressing issues, all available on our website. Our expert staff trainers also provide educational workshops, training and consultation to professionals, including HICAP counselors and staff on comprehensive Medicare topics and policy issues.

Our Partners

We, along with the California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) project, collaborate with multiple advocacy organizations throughout the state and across the nation on issues regarding Medicare, access to care and services, and Medicare fraud. See our list of partners for more information.

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Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

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Learn about the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) project and how SMP counselors can help you resolve fraud related questions and provide education on Medicare fraud prevention.


Send Us Your Comments

Do you have comments or concerns about your Medicare coverage? Issues regarding getting your needed prescriptions from your Part D plan, or a Medicare Advantage plan representative’s marketing practices? Let us know at comments@cahealthadvocates.org.

Hearing how Medicare is working for you is an important part of our advocacy efforts to make sure Medicare works well for all beneficiaries. Your comments help guide our recommendations with key state and national policy makers.

Contributing to Our Work

We seek tax-deductible contributions and sponsors to support our high quality educational events and publications. We are a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We’re listed with GuideStar. You may donate online or send a donation to:

  • California Health Advocates
  • 5380 Elvas Avenue, Suite 221
  • Sacramento CA 95819

Read Our Testimonials

  • — Sandy M.

    I wanted to send along our heartfelt thanks.  You (Bonnie Burns) spoke with us about our Genworth Long Term Care choices at the end of February when we were trying to decide what to do about soaring premiums. 

    You helped us understand that we could ask Genworth for additional options beyond the ones they had initially offered.  And you very kindly talked us through the factors to weigh when deciding what modifications to our current coverage would be acceptable given our ages, health, and financial situation.  Your insights were extremely helpful. 

    I cannot begin to tell you how appreciative we are that you so generously spent time with us and shared your expertise.  Thank you so very much. 

    With gratitude,

    Sandy M.