• Erroneously Terminated Medi-Cal Benefits Should Be Restored By 9/18

    By on September 17, 2020

    Our partners at Justice in Aging shared the following update on people whose Medi-Cal was improperly terminated should have their benefits restored as of 9/18/20. Many of these people had been erroneously terminated due to receiving the $600/week payments from the CARES Act. Despite Governor Newsom’s executive order calling for a statewide moratorium on negative Medi-Cal...

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  • California’s Public Health Emergency Due to Wildfires Brings Extra Medicare Protections & Support

    By on September 15, 2020

    Late last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) declared a public health emergency (PHE) in California due to the unprecedented wildfires. And with that declaration, CMS has taken several actions to help ensure that amidst all the challenge, stress and loss with the wildfires, beneficiaries don’t have to worry about their...

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  • Help Us Assist People in Getting the Right Medicare Coverage for Them

    By on September 14, 2020

    Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period is only one month away. Once again beneficiaries will be faced with many choices. Whether to stay in Original Medicare or join a Medicare Advantage plan? Whether to switch MA plans, or to return to Original Medicare and buy a supplement plan? The options can be overwhelming and confusing. We...

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  • Challenges Receiving Prescription Drugs ~ Are USPS Delays Affecting You?

    By on September 11, 2020

    U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bob Casey recently released a report about the significant delays in the U.S. Postal Service deliveries of prescription drugs and the resulting detrimental affects on people’s health. Have you experienced such delays? If so, let us know at comments@cahealthadvocates.org. We also encourage you to contact your Senators. Below are...

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  • Successful Practices for Telework & Outreach During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By on September 7, 2020

    The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and the SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) Technical Assistance Center put together a useful summary of successful practices for telework and outreach during COVID-19. The document is based on survey information the Administration for Community Living received from SHIPs and SMPs around the country on their success stories...

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  • Tips to Avoid Contact Tracing Scams

    By on September 3, 2020

    Contact tracers play an important role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. They help local health departments monitor the spread of COVID-19 by tracking down people who may have come into contact with the coronavirus without being aware of it. Yet, contract tracer scams are also on the rise. You can avoid COVID-19 contract...

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  • Need Help Understanding Medicare Benefits & COVID-19? HICAP Is Here to Help

    By on August 27, 2020

    Do you or someone you know need help in understanding Medicare benefits and COVID-19? Or, help with eliminating a Medi-Cal Share of Cost? Or are you new to Medicare? If so, our partners at the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) are open and here to help with your Medicare, Medi-Cal and other...

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  • Top Senior Scams ~ Online Skit with the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program

    By on August 27, 2020

    In the video skit below, our partners at the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program take a look at the top scams targeted at seniors based on real experience and testimonials. They cover Social Security scams, romance scams, Medicare hospice scams, grandparent scams, sweepstakes scams, computer tech scams and COVID-19 scams. Some tips to protect...

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