Below is a recall alert from Medicare for certain Philips medical devices. See Philips' website for more information on certain Philips Respironics Sleep and Respiratory Care devices. From Medicare: Philips recently issued a product recall for specific ventilators and sleep apnea devices. If you own or rent one of the Philips products that was recalled, talk to … [Read more...] about Recall Alert for Philips Ventilators & Sleep Apnea Devices
In mid August, the Senate passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, followed by a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint reconciliation bill passed on party-lines that would make it possible to expand education, child care, climate change initiatives and health care, including many key improvements to Medicare. While the road ahead to passage could be arduous, if the House … [Read more...] about Tell Congress to Say Yes to Medicare Improvements ~ Now is the Time!
In July, Governor Newsom and the Legislature passed as historic budget that invests in all walks of life for Californians. For older adults, this budget is great news; it addresses all 5 goals of the Master Plan for Aging and reverses some long-standing cuts from the Great Recession. Some of the highlights include a phased-in reversal of the Supplemental Security Income … [Read more...] about Final California Budget Makes Historic Investments for Older Adults
By Bonnie Burns, Consultant to California Health Advocates People who own a CalPERS long-term care insurance policy have received notices with options to reduce the impact of the current premium increase of 52%. At the same time, policyholders are also learning about a preliminary settlement in a class action law suit against the CalPERS long-term care program. These are … [Read more...] about CalPERS Update: 2021 Premium Increases & Class Action Settlement Are Not Related
California is leading the nation in serious complaints of hospice fraud, according to a recent Office of Inspector General report. This mirrors our on-the-ground experience at our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) as it currently is the number 2 type of Medicare fraud cases reported. This is unfortunate for many reasons. One reason is that hospice is an important … [Read more...] about Hospice Fraud ~ New Legislation to Make a Difference