FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2018
For more information, contact: Tatiana Fassieux, former Board Chair, 530-521-7502
Sacramento, CA — California Health Advocates (CHA) is honored to receive a two-year grant totaling $30,000 from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (YDWN) to work with their elders and caregivers providing education on Medicare entitled benefits, their rights and access to care and how to spot and report fraud. CHA recognizes that one of the many ways the government has historically underserved California’s tribal communities is with Medicare education, and this grant project serves to remedy this situation. The grant program, entitled Better Healthcare for Tribal Members in Northern California, will build a strong foundation for a long-term partnership with YDWN and neighboring tribes based in understanding and respect for their elders and the medical providers who serve them.
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is an independent, self-governed nation in Capay Valley, California that supports their people and their surrounding community through strengthening their culture, stewarding their land and creating economic independence for future generations. Several years ago, one of CHA’s staff members working in our California Senior Medicare Patrol project met several local tribe leaders at various senior health outreach events in Northern California. After making connections and offering some educational Medicare seminars to tribal elders, both tribal leaders and our organization saw a gap in people not accessing the benefits they were entitled to due to lack of information, and rightful historical distrust of government and governmental programs. CHA and YDWN are working together to bridge this gap in a way that builds trust, understanding, and collaboration and ultimately results in better health care for tribal members throughout Northern California.
“We are grateful to receive this grant and thrilled to work with Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and surrounding tribes,” said Doug Shaw, Board Chair of California Health Advocates. “In such a nation marked with strength and perseverance, commitment to their culture and values of stewardship and sustainability, making sure their elders understand and access their entitled health care benefits is another important piece to ensuring their health and the health of their community. CHA is honored to work together with YDWN in bridging a gap in health care access and information.”
California Health Advocates will participate in YDWN’s Wellness Fair and meet local leaders of various tribes. Throughout their 2-year grant, they will conduct several Medicare educational workshops both with key staff at area clinics and with elder tribal members and develop culturally appropriate fact sheets. CHA will also introduce some of its partners, including the local Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Programs (HICAPs) to provide one-on-one Medicare counseling and advocacy for YDWN elders and neighboring tribal elders. HICAP is the only program in California that provides free, unbiased, one-on-one Medicare coverage and benefits counseling to older adults, people with disabilities, and their families.
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California Health Advocates is an independent non-profit organization that provides quality Medicare and related health care coverage information, education and policy advocacy. CHA equips community organizations and government agencies with up-to-date information, especially the 24 local HICAPs, which provide benefits counseling and community education directly to those with Medicare and their families. For more information, visit its website at cahealthadvocates.org.