This site is a resource for Medicare in California. There is not enough clear advice available to those who are new to Medicare. Please feel free to share it with any and all persons who will benefit from it. It will be updated continually as more information becomes available.
The following is a list of Government agencies and private companies that are very helpful when enrolling in Medicare. Just click the name to go to that site:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - the federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, this is where you sign up for Medicare.
Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare - Medicare.gov was redesigned to make it faster and easier for you to answer your Medicare questions. Information available: Sign up/Change Plans, Your Medicare Costs, What Medicare Covers, Drug Coverage, (Part D), Supplements & Other Insurance, Claims & Appeals, Manage Your Health, Help & Resources.
California Health Advocates - non-profit organization dedicated to Medicare advocacy and education for Californians. This website provides accurate and unbiased information about Medicare benefits and long-term care for people who live in California.
California Department of Aging - The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. The Department administers funds allocated under the federal Older Americans Act , the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.
HICAP - California Department of Aging’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides personalized counseling, community education and outreach events for Medicare beneficiaries. HICAP is the primary local source for accurate and objective information and assistance with Medicare benefits, prescription drug plans and health plans.
www.4CaliforniaMedicarePlans.com – Licensed healthcare specialists providing objective plan information and comparisons about California Medicare Advantage Plans free of charge.
Senior Medicare Patrol - recruit and teach senior volunteers and professionals such as doctors, nurses, accountants, investigators, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, teachers and others to help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries become better health care consumers.
California Department of Health Care Services - where to apply for Medi Cal
Senior California Consumer Resource Center - works to help ensure California’s seniors receive the consumer-protection services and information they need.
AARP - Medicare supplemental health insurance, discounts on prescription drugs and consumer goods, entertainment and travel packages, long-term care insurance and automobile, home and life insurance.
www.Mysupplementmedicare.com - Licensed healthcare specialists providing objective plan information and comparisons about Medicare Supplement Plans free of charge.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform - dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long term care consumers.
Benefits Checkup.org - helps you find benefit programs that can help pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more. All from a reliable and trusted source.
USA.gov Senior Citizens’ Resources - Find government resources for seniors on money, housing, health, consumer protection, and more.
Feel free to email us with websites that need to be added to this list of resources.