HICAP Seeks Volunteers to Help with Medicare Questions

HICAP Seeks Volunteers to Help with Medicare Questions

Are you retired and looking for a meaningful volunteer experience? The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) may be perfect for you! HICAP is seeking volunteers to help people with Medicare navigate the complex system of their healthcare coverage options.

After 24-30 hours of training plus internship, HICAP volunteers help clients understand Medicare, including supplemental plans, drug plan insurance, Medicare health plans, and long-term care coverage. This position requires people who are computer savvy, like to explain complex regulations, and enjoy interacting with others to resolve problems.

HICAP offices are located throughout the state and cover all counties. Four HICAPs are currently recruiting new volunteers for their upcoming volunteer orientation trainings: Alameda county, Butte county (which also serves Colusa, Glenn, Plumas and Tehama counties), San Francisco county and Orange county.

 

Alameda County HICAP New Volunteer Training info:
The next volunteer training course starts on February 25, 2019 and will take place over 9 separate days through March 18th. Alameda County HICAP is particularly interested in applicants who are fluent in another language, especially Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, or American Sign Language.

To apply, submit your application for consideration, and select “HICAP Volunteering.” After reviewing the description of the HICAP Volunteer Counselor role and requirements, select “Fill out a HICAP volunteer application here.”

Click here for more information about Alameda County HICAP, or call 510-839-0393 and ask to speak with Caitlin Chan or Janet Van Deusen. Alameda County HICAP is a program of Legal Assistance for Seniors.

 

Butte County HICAP New Volunteer Training Info:
Orientation for Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas and Tehama counties’ training is scheduled for Monday, March 1st at 9-11am. The new volunteer training will be March 18, 19, 20 and 21.

Call Tim Sonnenburg at 530-898-6641 to sign up for orientation and for a volunteer job description and application. This HICAP is a program of PASSAGES, a service of CSU Chico Research Foundation.

 

San Francisco County HICAP New Volunteer Training Info:
The next new volunteer training course will start on April 8, 2019 and will take place over 4 days.

San Francisco county HICAP is particularly interested in applicants who are fluent in another language,
especially Cantonese and Spanish, and is asking for a one year commitment.

For more information and to apply, please contact Ian, HICAP Volunteer Coordinator at 415-677-7598 or ianf@selfhelpelderly.org. San Francisco HICAP is a program of Self Help for the Elderly.

 

Orange County HICAP New Volunteer Training info:
The next volunteer counselor training course begins May 8, 2019 and will take place over 9 days. Orange County HICAP is in need of applicants who are bilingual in English and Spanish, Japanese, Farsi, Tagalog, Korean, Mandarin or Vietnamese.

For more information and to apply, please contact Lily, HICAP Volunteer Specialist at 714-560-0424 Ext 225 or lmadani@coasc.org.  Orange County HICAP is a program of the Council on Aging – Southern California.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.