• New Fraud Alert Targets Fraudulent Hospice Enrollments

    By on July 18, 2019

    Fraudulent hospice enrollments are on the rise and are dangerous. Not only do they rob Medicare and taxpayers of millions of dollars each year, they can also have serious consequences on beneficiaries. Some of these consequences include: losing access to one’s medications, doctors and/or treatments, and experiencing a significant decline in health or even...

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  • Final CA Budget Brings Much Good News for Seniors, Including the End of Senior Penalty

    By on July 8, 2019

    The California Legislature and Governor Newsom have finalized the 2019-2020 budget and in it is much good news for our state’s older adults. One of the top wins is the end of the senior penalty in the Medi-Cal program; other wins include the expansion of many key programs serving and supporting older adults. This...

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  • House Advances the BENES Act Along with Other Medicare Improvements

    By on July 3, 2019

    In late June, the House Ways & Means Committee advanced the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act along with several other bills for Medicare improvements. The BENES Act is now part of a much larger bipartisan package of bills referred to as the Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and Extenders Reauthorization (BETTER) Act of...

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  • Interested in Working with HICAP? HICAP Volunteer Coordinator Position is Open in Alameda County

    By on July 3, 2019

    Interested in fulfilling work, working with dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers helping people understand and navigate Medicare? If so, this Volunteer Coordinator position at the Alameda County Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) may be the perfect fit for you. See the job description and application details for more information.

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  • #ProtectTransHealth ~ Comment Today

    By on June 27, 2019

    CHA’s mission is to support Medicare access based on eligibility, and not to exclude services based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Below is a re-posting of a call-to-action regarding transgender health care rights from our partners, Justice in Aging… Everyone should have the right to be treated with respect by their doctors and receive the...

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  • CHA Supports the BENES Act as Included in H.R. 3417

    By on June 25, 2019

    Below is a letter of support of the advancement of the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act as included in larger piece of legislation, the Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and Extenders Reauthorization (BETTER) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3417​). Submitted by Medicare Rights Center, California Health Advocates and 84 other advocacy organizations nationwide signed...

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  • Are You Part of This Year’s Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey? Learn How to Verify Your Participation & Prevent Fraud

    By on June 24, 2019

    Usually we tell people that Medicare will neither call you nor show up at your door. If either of these things happen, it’s a red flag for fraud. Yet, just like most things, there is an exception.   Each year the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) adds about 12,000 beneficiaries to the sample. They...

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  • Say No to “Free” Genetic Tests

    By on June 18, 2019

    Below is a commentary by Greg Dill, Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories.   If you’re approached by someone who offers “free” genetic testing or cancer screening, turn them down. Medicare doesn’t cover such tests unless a doctor who’s treating you orders them and they’re medically necessary. Laboratory representatives...

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