• #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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  • House Adopts Rep. Porter Amendment to Protect Medicare Beneficiaries from Fraud

    By on June 17, 2019

    Congresswoman’s amendment will increase funding for federal program to protect Medicare recipients from fraud and abuse.   The House of Representatives today adopted an amendment by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would increase funding for a program to protect Medicare recipients from fraud. The proposal passed with a large bipartisan majority.   “It is...

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  • Let’s Take Action ~ Don’t Let the Trump Administration Lower the Poverty Limit

    By on June 12, 2019

    The Trump Administration has proposed harmful changes that would change how the federal poverty level is calculated, effectively lowering the poverty threshold for seniors. With over 7 million older adults across the country already living in poverty and twice as many living just above the threshold, this change would be catastrophic for millions of...

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  • Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Create California’s Master Plan for Aging by October 2020

    By on June 11, 2019

    On June 10, 2019, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order on the development of a Master Plan for Aging. California Health Advocates commends our Governor for making the well-being of our state’s older adults a priority. This Executive Order is the first step towards creating our future where all Californians, regardless of ethnicity, education or economic...

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  • Help People with Incomes Near Medi-Cal’s Limit Stay on Full Medi-Cal ~ Support AB 1088

    By on June 11, 2019

    California Health Advocates recently submitted another letter in support of AB 1088 which would stop seniors and persons with disabilities from losing access to free Medi-Cal due to a confusing Medi-Cal rule that creates fluctuations in how income is counted even though a person’s actual income has not changed. June 11, 2019   The Honorable...

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