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CHA provides quality Medicare and related health care coverage information, education and policy advocacy.
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California Health Advocates
5380 Elvas Ave., Ste 221
Sacramento, CA 95819
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I would love to express how valuable and appreciated my call with one of your wonderful advocates today!!!
I am positive you are already aware, but most definitely wanted to take the time and thank you and thank Jasmine!
Jasmine’s willingness to carefully listen and help, was so wonderful and refreshing!!! I hope she can be promoted and given a raise to help educate others.
Thank You so very much!
We thought all hope to recover what we thought was an overpayment to a facility was gone, until we were referred to the Senior Medicare Patrol by our local Council on Aging. With the caring, follow-through, and determination of Sandy Morales who assisted us with the process, we got our money back. Many thanks to the people who watch over seniors like us.
Thanks to Bonnie Burns at California Health Advocates for taking my call and explaining the retiree medicare supplemental plan that is currently provided by my previous employer and the Employer Group Medicare Advantage Plan that is being offered to retirees for the coming year. Bonnie’s description of how these plans work and our discussion of their pro’s and con’s was very helpful and appreciated.
Kudos to Bonnie Burns from California Health Advocates on the August 23, 2021 post on “CalPERS [Long-term Care Insurance] Settlement & Premium Increase.” As a class member of the settlement, I have expended considerable effort to sort out a vast amount of confusing and conflicting information.
The article by Ms. Burns is unbiased, clear and factual. The terms of the settlement are concisely summarized, and I was especially impressed by the clarification on the premium increase. The writeup on “The Number of Years of Coverage”, “Premium Increase ~ Making Changes to Your CalPERS Coverage” and “Negotiation Tools And The Next Premium Increase” dovetails my own painstaking research on these topics. The article has helped me in making a confident decision on the settlement. Thank you!
Spoke to Bonnie Burns today re: CalPERS Long Term Care program and the class action lawsuit. I was seeking an objective but knowledgeable expert about this particular program and she fit the bill. She offered some options to think about and possible “red flags” to look for as we explore a possible replacement policy.
She returned my call in less than 24 hours, which was very impressive since I’ve been leaving messages at other places and it would take days to 2 weeks to get a call back.
I’m glad that I found the HICAP website as it will be a good future resource as we approach Medicare age in 3 years.
I would like to express my gratitude to California Health Advocates (CHA), Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), for always being responsive to our requests for assistance. They are miracle workers when it comes to eliminating barriers to access to Medicare benefits.
Your presentation was excellent. One of the attendees was the resident you helped with the Covid testing bill. It is absolutely wonderful what you all do. It is so shocking the amount of fraud going on. Thanks for the help!
Thank you for this very clear summation of the CalPERS LTC quagmire I only wish I found it sooner.
So many of us have been searching for a straight answer for so long. Who knew you were here for us.
I have a confusing situation and Bonnie Burns was very clear about what steps I need to take with Medicare should my status of being furloughed turn into one of being laid off. (I currently have group health insurance with a large organization.)
During these coronavirus times, there are so many uncertainties and Bonnie was most informative on this subject, so I am grateful.
I am writing this letter because I have been struggling with my aging parents health care. Trying to navigate through Medicare , Medical, and secondary insurances , has been the most difficult thing to deal with. Frankly, it is overwhelming and confusing. In trying to do what’s best for my parents health care I made bad decisions and mistakes. I was given the number to HICAP/PASSAGES and was blessed to speak with Tatiana Fassieux. Her expertise , knowledge and Ability to explain to me what to do was an incredible, emotional relief.
HICAP/PASSAGES Organization provides a necessary service. Tatiana Fassieux and Sandy Morales of California Health Advocates/SMP, their ability to navigate through Medicare and help our elderly population is a necessity. I do not know how to emphasize how important this organization is. I was also provided with valuable resource numbers to further help me care for my elderly parents.
HICAP/PASSAGES Organization, Tatiana Fassieux and Sandy Morales of California Health Advocates/SMP have made my parents whole and I am forever grateful.
“In January, my doctor sent a claim to Medicare for a walking boot which I needed for a medical condition. Medicare denied the claim even though the boot was a covered item. Since the doctor was not paid, he insisted that I pay $284.85 out of pocket, which I paid, however I was sure this was not a fair practice.
I brought my case to the California Senior Medicare Patrol and Sandy Morales, Complex Case Manager, worked on the issue for several months. She was an intermediary between Medicare and my doctor and after several conversations, she was able to convince the doctor to re-submit the claim for the boot, along with the appropriate documentation indicating medical necessity.
Bottom line: in September, Medicare paid the doctor for the valid claim and the doctor reimbursed me for the full $284.85.
Thank you Sandy and Senior Medicare Patrol for being such a strong advocate for a grateful Medicare beneficiary.”