• CHA Supports SB 1248 ~ Establishing New Minimum Benefits for the California Partnership for Long-Term Care

    By on April 16, 2018

    California Health Advocates submitted this letter of support for SB 1248 that will establish a new minimum floor of benefits for the California Partnership for Long-Term Care, making the Partnership a competitive option in today's long-term care insurance market.

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  • Denti-Cal Re-instated for Adults on Full Medi-Cal

    By on April 11, 2018

    Beginning January 1, 2018, Medi-Cal re-instated Denti-Cal benefits for all adults on full Medi-Cal. These benefits had been cut in 2009 due to budget cuts, were partially re-instated in May 2014 and now it’s important to get the word out that full coverage is back. Dental health is an important part of one’s overall...

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  • How Does Medicare Work with Federal & Military Benefits?

    By on April 5, 2018

    Medicare coverage works differently with other kinds of insurance. Below is an explanation on how Medicare works with federal and military benefits. Point 1: Understand how Medicare works with Federal Employee Health Benefits. Non-military federal employees are often eligible for health insurance from Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB). If you continue to work as...

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  • What Are the Top 10 Senior Scams in the U.S.?

    By on April 4, 2018

    Did you know that IRS scams ranked #1 among all the senior scams reported to the Senate Aging Committee’s Fraud Hotline last year? And robocalls or unwanted calls ranked second, despite the use of the national Do Not Call Registry? In their recent report, Fighting Fraud: Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our...

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  • CHA Supports SB 1457 ~ Ensuring Full Data Collection on Medigaps

    By on April 2, 2018

    California Health Advocates submitted this letter in support of bill SB 1457 that, among other requirements, will ensure that Medicare Supplement products (Medigaps) sold by licensees of the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) will be included in national data collected by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and accurately reflect federal law.

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  • Good News for Seniors! Medicare Counseling Program Funded for FY 2018

    By on March 27, 2018

    Good news! Our national SHIP program is saved! The Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP – known as Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program-HICAP- in California) is funded for FY 2018. Even though the Administration and the House proposed eliminating this program, the final omnibus appropriations bill signed into law on March 23,...

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  • Tips to Avoid New Medicare Card Scams

    By on March 23, 2018

    Scammers may call about your new Medicare card to trick you into sharing your personal information — like your current Medicare Number. Remember, Medicare will never call you uninvited or ask for your personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. There are very limited situations in which Medicare can call you. Here are 2...

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  • New Medicare Cards Are Coming Starting in April!

    By on March 19, 2018

    Have you heard about your new Medicare card coming this spring? Medicare will start mailing these new cards beginning in April 2018. In California, they will arrive between April and June 2018. You don’t need to do anything to get your new Medicare card — it will automatically be mailed to you and it...

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