• Graham-Cassidy Bill Again Pushes ACA Repeal & Threatens Health Coverage for Elders

    By on September 18, 2017

    Last week Senators Graham and Cassidy released another bill to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act despite the current bipartisan efforts underway to craft legislation that protects people’s health coverage now and in the future. The Graham-Cassidy bill would cause millions of people to lose coverage, dramatically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid, and increase...

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  • Senate Introduces Medicare for All Act of 2017

    By on September 14, 2017

    This week, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) introduced legislation to create a federally administered Medicare-for-all national health insurance program (see S. 1804). Sanders advocates that this bill is in response to what the people want. According to an April 2017 poll by The Economist/YouGov, 60% of the American people want to “expand Medicare to provide health insurance to...

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  • The Rx Pipeline: Why Are Drugs So Expensive in the U.S.?

    By on September 7, 2017

    Who contributes to what you pay at the pharmacy? Why are prescription drugs so expensive in the United States? Here is a live Facebook video from Kaiser Health News that answers readers' questions about the prescription drug pricing pipeline and the industry stakeholders who have a role in what you pay.

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  • Act Now to Protect Our SHIP Programs Nationwide!

    By on September 5, 2017

    This week is a critical time to reach out to your Congressional Representatives in support of vital aging programs as Congress has returned to Washington, D.C. from their August summer break. Before they left, House and Senate Appropriations Committee had proposed deep cuts to several key programs that support older adults, including the State...

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  • Equitable Relief Waiver of Part B Penalties Ends Sept 30 ~ Apply Now

    By on September 1, 2017

    If you received your health insurance through the individual Marketplace (Covered California in our state) and didn’t enroll in Medicare Part B when you were eligible, you could face Part B late enrollment penalties. This has been an easy and costly mistake to make, as people newly eligible for Medicare receive little to no...

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  • FTC Warns Hurricane Victims to Beware of Flood Insurance Robocall Scams

    By on August 31, 2017

    The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers about a flood insurance scam targeting those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), homeowners and renters are getting fraudulent robocalls telling them their flood premiums are past due. Don’t respond to these robocalls. If you have flood insurance and you’re not...

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  • September Brings….Medicare Open Enrollment Notices

    By on August 22, 2017

    September is just around the corner and with it comes preparation for Medicare’s fall Open Enrollment. Also referred to as Annual Election Period (AEP), this yearly time period from Oct 15 – Dec 7 is when you can change your coverage. You’ll start receiving some notices about Open Enrollment and about any changes to your...

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  • It’s National Report Health Care Fraud Week!

    By on August 11, 2017

    Did you know the 2nd week in August is National Report Health Care Fraud Week? It was founded by Whistleblower Advocate and Former Department of Justice Attorney, Joel D. Hesch with the purpose of showing the public how to get involved and even obtain a whistleblower reward for reporting Medicare fraud. The official website ReportHealthCareFraudWeek.com provides...

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