• National SMP Conference Launches a Fresh Look in a New Era of Consumer Protection

    By on February 8, 2007

    In an effort to enhance its national identity and foster greater awareness, the national Senior Medicare Patrol Program has officially adopted a new program identity. The Senior Medicare Patrol Program is now formally referred to as the SMP program with a new logo and official tagline: “Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud.” Standardizing the...

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  • CMS’ Interpretation of Limited Open Enrollment Period (L-OEP)

    By on February 1, 2007

    Anthony Culotta, Director Medicare Enrollment and Appeals Group Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Re: CMS’ Interpretation of Limited Open Enrollment Period (L-OEP) Dear Mr. Culotta: On behalf of the organizations that represent Medicare beneficiaries listed below, we are writing to express our belief that CMS is misinterpreting Medicare law with respect to elections...

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  • Medicare’s PFFS Plans Raise Serious Concerns Among Physicians

    By on February 1, 2007

    Medicare Advantage Private-Fee-For-Service plans (PFFS) are a hot topic among advocates, beneficiaries and physicians throughout the country. While these plans may work well for some, California Health Advocates and numerous other advocates are hearing of some serious challenges. In California alone, many beneficiaries given misleading or false information have enrolled in PFFS plans only...

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  • Bonnie Burns Receives Unprecedented Recognition for Her Work with NAIC

    By on February 1, 2007

    The decision of Bonnie Burns, Training and Policy Specialist with California Health Advocates’ (CHA), to retire from her near 17 years of dedicated service representing consumers in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) was met with unprecedented recognition, gratitude, and honor. At the December 2006 NAIC Consumer Liaison Meeting, Commissioner and Chairman Mike...

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  • UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

    By on February 1, 2007

    Are you looking for current, easy-to-use health data for grant proposals and/or research papers? Could your staff/organization use some training on how to use health data, create an effective media advocacy plan, conduct program evaluation, or perform a community-based assessment? Is having a source of recent publications on a wide array of health related...

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  • Proposed Regulations Weaken Language Access Law in California HMOs

    By on February 1, 2007

    Landmark legislation going into effect this spring will for the first time require ALL health plans in California to provide care in patients’ primary language. This legislation (SB 853) passed in 2003 and sponsored by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) marks a significant victory for over 20 percent of California’s population (six to...

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  • Most Large Employers Plan to Maintain Drug Coverage for Medicare Retirees over Next 2 Years

    By on February 1, 2007

    Kaiser/Hewitt 2006 Survey Having entered the 2nd year of the new Medicare drug benefit, nearly 8 in 10 large employers, those with 1,000 or more employees, expect to continue to offer drug coverage to their retirees and accept the Part D subsidy from the federal government to offset some of those costs, according to...

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  • The California Board of Pharmacy Plays Key Role in Consumer Access and Medication Safety

    By on February 1, 2007

    As medications have become an a growing part of people’s daily health treatment, maintenance and promotion, pharmacists play an essential role in assuring people’s access to and safety with their medications. In turn, those organizations and entities that support, train, license, regulate and oversee pharmacists and state and federal legislation affecting them also play...

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