• You Make the SMP Program Whole ~ An Ode to Our SMP Volunteers

    By on July 3, 2017

    Below is a fun and very true ode of appreciation to our dynamite SMP volunteers statewide. It’s written by Sandy Morales, our Manager of SMP Outreach & Volunteer Coordination. You Make the SMP Program Whole, Just Like a Slice of Delicious Pie. Want to Know Why? You are the slice of the CA-SMP pie, that...

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  • How Do the Senate & House Health Care Proposals Compare with the Affordable Care Act?

    By on June 30, 2017

    Are you curious how the the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 and the House’s American Health Care Act compare with the Affordable Care Act? The Kaiser Family Foundation put together a chart that summarizes all three. Scroll down the chart for details on individual mandates, premium subsidies for individuals, benefits design, women’s health,...

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  • CHA Supports the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification & Simplification Act

    By on June 29, 2017

    June 29, 2017     The Honorable Raul Ruiz U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Patrick Meehan U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   Dear Congressman Ruiz and Congressman Meehan: The undersigned organizations share a commitment to advancing the health and economic security of older adults, people with disabilities, and...

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  • Actions to Save Medicaid Over Senate’s July Recess

    By on June 29, 2017

    On Tuesday, Senate GOP leadership delayed their vote on a bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, that would leave 22 million people without health care. While the delay is good news, the fight is not over. Senate leaders are trying to drum up support to pass this legislation after they return from recess on...

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  • SMP Helps Client Sort Out Agent Misconduct & Duplicate Coverage Issues

    By on June 27, 2017

    While most insurance agents do an honest job to help clients find coverage that best suit their needs, others have ulterior motives that put making a profit above their client’s best interests. This is what happened recently to a Santa Cruz county beneficiary who came to our Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) liaison for assistance....

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  • Take the Stop Senior Scams℠ Pop Quiz

    By on June 23, 2017

    Our partners, the Stop Senior Scams℠ Acting Program (SSSAP) recently put together this pop quiz as a fun way to test your knowledge on current scams. Our Senior Medicare Patrol collaborates with this dynamic troupe of actors ages 68-100 who perform senior scams skits, including our SMP superhero and Medicare fraud skits, throughout Southern...

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  • CHA Celebrates 20 Years of Medicare Education & Advocacy for Californians, 1997 – 2017

    By on June 21, 2017

    This month, California Health Advocates celebrates 20 years of Medicare policy, advocacy and education, 1997 – 2017. As the premier watchdog on Medicare and long-term care insurance (LTCI) issues in the state, CHA works to support an empowered and informed population of Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, family members and professionals. CHA provides training, technical assistance,...

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  • Call Today to Say No to the AHCA ~ Social Media Toolkit & Resources

    By on June 20, 2017

    Today is another National Call-In Day to save health care and say NO to the American Health Care Act. If the Senate passes AHCA, Medicaid will end as we know it and an estimated 23 million people will lose coverage by 2026. This legislation is an attack on older adults and we encourage you...

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