• 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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  • Bonnie Speaks on NAIC Panel Focusing on Retirement Security

    By on August 10, 2017

    Thank you to Bonnie Burns, our Training and Policy Specialist at California Health Advocates, who has served as a consumer representative with the NAIC for 20+ years. Below is a press release regarding a recent panel Bonnie served on to recommend ways to support people prepare for older age with financial planning and insurance...

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  • New Fraud Alert on Lead Generating Businesses ~ Available in 8 Languages

    By on August 9, 2017

    Beware of lead generating businesses and their misleading mailings, many of which are easily mistaken to be from a government entity. Their postcards promise to give more information on government programs and benefits to those who fill out and send in their name and date of birth. Yet, instead they collect these postcards with...

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  • New Class of Hospital Patients May Gain Access to Appeal “Observation Status”

    By on August 1, 2017

    A new ruling yesterday in Alexander v. Price, 3:11-CV-1703 (MPS) certified a class composed of all Medicare beneficiaries who, since January 1, 2009, have received or will have received “observation services” as an outpatient during a hospitalization. This ruling is a first crucial step in creating a legal right where Medicare beneficiaries placed in...

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  • “Skinny Repeal” of the ACA Failed to Pass ~ A Victory for Millions of Americans

    By on July 28, 2017

    Early this morning EDT, the Senate voted on the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time, three Republicans, Senator Collins of Maine, Senator Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator McCain of Arizona, joined the rank of Democrats and voted No, creating a 51-49 vote that killed the efforts to repeal the ACA....

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