• 600,000 Seniors Depend on SNAP Benefits for Good Nutrition ~ Tell the Administration Not to Take Them Away

    By on September 16, 2019

    In July, the Trump Administration proposed a new rule that would take away Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from 3 million people, including over 600,000 seniors, by restricting broad-based categorical eligibility. Use the National Council on Aging’s comment portal and these resources from Justice in Aging to tell the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service to protect SNAP for...

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  • As Medicare Open Enrollment Approaches, Continue to Guard Your Card!

    By on September 12, 2019

    As Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct 15 – Dec 7) approaches, and public outreach about Medicare enrollment options and changes for 2020 increase, scammers will most likely ramp up their efforts to strike. You can help protect yourself and the Medicare program from health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like a credit card,...

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  • SMP & Advocates Address Top Medicare Scams in 2-Min News Video

    By on September 3, 2019

    Micki Nozaki, our California SMP Project Director, and our partner, Adrienne Omansky, founder of Stop Senior Scams Acting Troupe, do a great job discussing two of our top Medicare scams affecting seniors, durable medical equipment fraud and genetic testing scams, in this 2-minute news media clip made on Senior Fraud Awareness Day this past...

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  • CMS’ Revised Marketing Guidelines for 2020 are Good for Plans, Harmful for Beneficiaries

    By on September 2, 2019

    Each year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revises it’s Medicare Communications and Marketing Guidelines (MCMG) for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans in time for the annual Open Enrollment period, which is Oct 15- Dec 7. It’s an opportunity to clarify marketing guidance to plans and provide protections to beneficiaries from...

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  • Have You Been Contacted to Participate in the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey?

    By on August 27, 2019

    The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is an important national study designed to provide information on the health care experiences of Medicare beneficiaries across the country. The information is used to analyze health care policy issues and improve planning of health care services. The MCBS collects information about the health problems of Medicare beneficiaries,...

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  • CHA Voices Concerns on the New Medicare Plan Finder Tool

    By on August 26, 2019

    California Health Advocates submitted the letter below voicing our concerns and some solutions on the new Medicare Plan Finder tool that will launch on October 1. A few of the concerns include: issues of privacy; the fact that beneficiaries will have to establish a log-in and password to do a personalized health plan or...

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  • Need Help with Your Medicare Costs? A Medicare Savings Program May Help

    By on August 22, 2019

    Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) are state programs that assist you with paying your Medicare costs. These costs can include your Medicare premiums, deductibles and coinsurance depending on which program you qualify for. The graphic below provides some basic eligibility information. If you have questions about the different programs, what is covered, the income and...

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  • Learn Tips to Stop Illegal Robocalls

    By on August 20, 2019

    Do you or someone you know receive multiple unwanted and illegal robocalls a day? If so, our partners at the National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) can help. They recently created a new tip sheet on how to stop these illegal robocalls. Robocalls are automated telephone calls made to cell phones and...

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