• How Does Medicare Work with Current Employee Insurance?

    By on April 20, 2017

    When you have Medicare and other insurance, Medicare either pays first (primary) or second (secondary) for your health care. This article shares how Medicare works with insurance based on current employment. This is called current employee insurance (as opposed to retiree and other types of insurance). Examples of current employee insurance include health plans sponsored...

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  • May is Older Americans Month ~ Aging Out Loud

    By on April 14, 2017

    While it’s true that April showers bring May flowers, May also brings Older Americans Month (OAM), a month to celebrate our elders! When our elders thrive, are engaged and share their gifts, stories, experience and wisdom with all generations, our whole society benefits. And that is one of the reasons the Administration for Community...

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  • Trump Budget Blueprint Targets Medicare Counseling Program For Cuts

    By on April 5, 2017

    The Trump administration is proposing dramatic cuts to the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP), collectively known as HICAP in California. Trump’s budget would slash SHIP’s $52 million annual budget by $49 million, effectively ending federal support of the program.

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  • Need an Insurance Agent Who Speaks Your Language? New Online Tool Can Help

    By on April 5, 2017

    The California Department of Insurance (CDI) just launched a new online agent language locator service created to make it easier for consumers to find insurance agents and brokers who speak their chosen language. The tool gives consumers access to information on over 11,000 agents and brokers in California allowing people to search for those speaking...

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  • President’s Proposed Budget Would Eliminate SHIP Funding

    By on April 3, 2017

    More details of the President’s proposed budget were released last week outlining innumerable cuts to social service programs, including essentially eliminating funds for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). SHIP funding pays the 24 local Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Programs (HICAPs) here in California to provide Medicare counseling and assistance to Medicare...

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  • How to Take a Better Break ~ A Non-Medicare Tip on Self Care

    By on March 30, 2017

    Do you like taking breaks at work? It’s important, and as advocates, professionals, volunteers, lay people doing good things in the world, taking care of ourselves is an imperative part to keeping our good work and contributions going. But some breaks can refresh and energize us while others can lead us to feel more...

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  • We Won a Victory for Health Care Last Week & Our Vigilance Must Continue

    By on March 27, 2017

    Last week’s canceled vote on the GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) marks a victory in health care for millions of Americans young to old. Thanks to the enormous public outcry, speaking out from advocates across the country, and opposition efforts by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan called off the...

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  • Over 8,800 Californians Affected By Largest Long-Term Care Insurance Company Insolvency

    By on March 23, 2017

    The largest long-term care insurance company insolvency in the history of this industry, estimated at $2.1 billion, is underway. On March 1, 2017, a Pennsylvania court issued an order of liquidation for Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company (PTNA) and American Network Insurance Company (ANIC). This liquidation will affect approximately 8,818 policyholders in California...

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