California Health Advocates & California Senior Medicare Patrol Partners
“Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
California Health Advocates (CHA) and the California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program collaborates with advocacy organizations throughout the state and across the nation to address the adverse impacts of the social determinants of health, e.g., lack of healthcare and education, isolation, poverty. Together, we serve persons with disabilities and older adults, their families, and caregivers. Our mutual efforts expand awareness and education, lessen risks to safety and security, amplify outreach and provide resources that enhance lives.
American Association of Service Coordinators
Our mission is to advance the interests of the service coordinator (SC) profession and to provide guidance and professional standards to its members. Our vision is to support our members that serve individuals, families, the elderly and persons with disabilities in housing situations through leadership, education, training, networking, advocacy and other member services. AASC member Service Coordinators serve as a conduit to disseminate CHA and SMP fraud prevention information to their resident clients and host SMP educators at their facilities to conduct fraud prevention workshops.
ACC Senior Services
The mission of ACC Senior Services is to promote the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for our community by identifying, developing, and providing culturally sensitive health and social services for older adults. ACC staff and volunteers disseminate fraud prevention materials and act as a bridge to the CHA SMP program when beneficiaries have questions about their medical statements.
Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Hospital Adult Day Services Center
Adventist Health is organized and operated to assist with social needs and provide supervised care for dependent adults. The program provides mental stimulation, monitors health, prevents falls, depression, wandering and provides respite for the care provider. Adventist Health staff and volunteers disseminate CHA SMP fraud prevention materials as they deliver meals and services.
The mission of AgingNext is to support and educate older adults and their families to maintain independence and to age well at home and in the community. AgingNext posts SMP fraud prevention information on their website, newsletters and social media and disseminate CHA SMP materials during meals delivery.
Alliance for Leadership and Education (ALE)
The California Association for Adult Day Services supports the development of adult day services as an alternative to institutional care and provides educational activities. CAADS disseminates CHA SMP fraud prevention materials through their electronic media.
California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A)
C4A is a nonprofit organization representing California’s 33 area agencies on aging and is the leading voice on aging issues in California. C4A works closely with the Administration on Aging, the California Department of Aging, Department of Social Services, Department of Rehabilitation as well as key provider associations. C4A and its members provide programs that enable older Californians to live independently for as long as possible. CHA partners with C4A to do a Medicare session at its annual conference.
California Collaborative for Long Term Services and Support
The Collaborative is a coalition of statewide organizations serving seniors and persons with disabilities. These organizations have agreed to a set of principles and meet regularly to exchange information and to work toward consensus on the design of an integrated system of long term services and supports in California. The Collaborative also serves as a sounding board for the Legislature and the administration as they consider changes in services for seniors and persons with disabilities, from acute care hospitalization and nursing home care to home and community-based services. Government Action and Communication Institute provides staff support to the Collaborative. CHA is an active member of the Collaborative.
California Department of Aging (CDA)
Under the umbrella of the California Health and Human Services Agency, the California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. These programs are funded through the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.
CHA collaborates with the CDA HICAP team to ensure that HICAPs receive the most up to date Medicare information for California beneficiaries. CHA also provides technical expertise and training presentations to CDA and its HICAP programs.
California Department of Insurance (CDI)
All of CDI’s functions, including overseeing insurer solvency, licensing agents and brokers, conducting market conduct reviews, resolving consumer complaints, and investigating and prosecuting insurance fraud, are to protect consumers. CHA assists with technical expertise as it relates to Medicare supplemental plans and long term care insurance in California.
California Elder Justice Coalition
CEJC harnesses the expertise, talent, and passion of elder justice advocates to craft policy. It is the only multidisciplinary statewide network that provides a voice from the field, explores systematic barriers to elder justice, and crafts solutions. CEJC and SMP collaborate on educational webinars and materials focusing on elder justice including Medicare and healthcare.
California Health Report
The California Health Report covers health throughout the state, with an emphasis on communities striving for social justice. The Report publishes articles focusing on CHA, SMP and Medicare and healthcare fraud prevention.
California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc.
The Consortium was created as a nonprofit for the purpose of working for the social welfare, educational and economic advancement of its member tribes, groups, organizations and Indians and other Native Americans living in its service area. CIMC and CHA/SMP collaborate to educate tribal elders and their caregivers about Medicare and Medicare and healthcare fraud prevention.
California Long Term Care Ombudsman Association
The LTC Ombudsman are dedicated to improving the accessibility and quality of long-term care services for elders and vulnerable adults living in nursing homes, residential care facilities and other long-term care facilities across California.
Center for Medicare Advocacy
The Center for Medicare Advocacy’s (CMA) mission is to advance access to comprehensive Medicare coverage and quality health care for older people and people with disabilities by providing exceptional legal analysis, education, and advocacy. CMA and SMP collaborate on webinars about Medicare and healthcare fraud prevention.
Department of Business Oversight
The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) serves Californians by effectively overseeing financial service providers; enforce laws and regulations; promotes innovation and fair honest practices; enhances consumer awareness; protects consumers by preventing potential marketplace risks, fraud and abuse.
Foundation for Senior Services
The Senior Specialists Group chapters get involved in their local communities to offer education, information and quality services on every level of senior care. The Foundation provides opportunities for CHA and SMP to conduct education through its many chapters and community events.
HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program)
The HICAPs provide free and objective information and counseling about Medicare. HICAP also offers free educational presentations to groups of Medicare beneficiaries, their families and/or providers on a variety of Medicare and other health insurance related topics. HICAP staff and volunteers educate Medicare and Medi-Cal beneficiaries about healthcare fraud prevention throughout the state.
Justice in Aging
Justice in Aging is a national non-profit legal advocacy organization that fights senior poverty through law. CHA and SMP partner with JiA in many educational projects, webinars and advocacy efforts.
Life Skilled Training and Educational Programs (LifeSTEPS)
The mission of LifeSTEPS is to provide effective educational and supportive services to maximize the strengths of individuals and build resilient communities. LifeSTEPS partners with CHA SMP to share fraud prevention information to older adults and their families and serves as a bridge with SMP to assist residents with questions and concerns about their medical statements.
Meals on Wheels Orange County
Today, one in four low-income Orange County older adults struggles with hunger. In addition, one in four older adults in the county are at greater risk of death due to loneliness. Our mission is to address this by nourishing the wellness, purpose and dignity of older adults and their families in our community by providing meals and socialization in addition to other programs to combat hunger and isolation. MoW distributes CHA SMP fraud prevention alerts during meals delivery.
Our mission is to enrich the lives of older adults and families throughout our diverse communities. ONEgeneration currently serves over 5,000 older adults and their family caregivers in Los Angeles county annually through our range of aging services with the purpose of keeping older adults active, independent and remaining at home as they age in place safely. ONEgeneration staff and volunteers distribute CHA SMP fraud prevention materials through multi-media and sponsor SMP to conduct educational webinars about fraud.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. San Manuel is one of several clans of Serrano Indians, who are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys mountains and high deserts who share a common language and culture. CHA partnered with San Manuel and its Indian Health Services clinics to educate clinic staff and benefit counselors on Medicare.
Valley Interfaith/Intercommunity Council
Our mission is to create positive change within the communities in the Greater San Fernando Valley as we serve, support and engage others through unity and faith in action, enriching lives and strengthening communities. VIC partners with CHA SMP to distribute SMP fraud prevention materials during meals delivery to older adults.
Village Movement California (VMC)
The mission of our organization is to transform the experience of aging across the state by strengthening impact, accelerating growth, and ensuring sustainability of the Village Movement. Village Movement California advocates for innovative, community-based solutions to improve quality of life and expand choices at all stages of aging, empowering older adults to sustain independence through community and remain in charge of their lives as they age. CHA SMP provides fraud prevention education to the members of its approximately 40 Villages. The Village Movement identifies Ambassadors in individual Villages to liaise with CHA SMP.
Wise and Healthy Aging
Wise and Healthy Aging provides a wide range of elder services with focus on the Los Angeles Westside as well as the surrounding communities within the greater City and County of Los Angeles.
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
Yocha Dehe is an independent, self-governed nation that supports our people and the Capay Valley community by strengthening our culture, stewarding our land and creating economic independence for future generations. CHA partnered with Yocha Dehe to do outreach and education on Medicare benefits to elders and caregivers of Yocha Dehe and surrounding tribes.