New from Social Security – “my Social Security” online account

“At each stage of your life, my Social Security is for you. Your personal online my Social Security account is a valuable source of information beginning in your working years and continuing throughout the time you receive Social Security benefits.”

Get your Social Security Statement.
Estimate retirement, disability, or survivors benefits.
See your earnings record.
See estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.

Get your benefit verification letter.
Check you benefit and payment information.
Start or change direct deposit.

Click here to link to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and create your account.


Side-by-side Comparison of Medicare and Debt Reduction Proposals

Click here for a link to Kaiser Family Foundation side-by-side comparison of Medicare changes and budget plans and debt reduction proposals.


Covered California – A New Marketplace for Affordable, Private Health Insurance

Millions of Californians will be able to choose affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage offered through Covered California that will take effect January 2014. Covered California is a new, easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. By law, your coverage can’t be dropped or denied even if you have a pre-existing medical condition or get sick.

Click here to go to Covered California for more information.


“Paying more for Less” from the Medicare Rights Center

With numerous proposals in Congress threatening to undermine the integrity of the Medicare program, the Medicare Rights Center created a series of videos to help explain proposed changes and how these changes would likely affect older adults, people with disabilities, and their families.

Click here to view video on Medicare and Deficit Reduction.


Protect Yourself From Financial Predators

Click here to view this presentation from the California Department of Corporations designed to help protect the public from fraud.SAIF


Seniors Targeted Again by Phone Scam

PASSAGES HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) is warning Savvy Seniors about a telephone scam that has been reported in our area. A Savvy Senior reported that she received a call from someone that sounded “legitimate” who stated that Medicare is sending out new cards and they need to verify their address and bank account information. She did not give them anything! She called HICAP’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and reported it. She is one Savvy Senior!  Click here to read more.


Deficit Reduction and Medicare

Click here to link to the Medicare Rights Center’s information on Deficit Reduction and Medicare.


Do Your Own Medicare Part D Comparison

Click here to view Medicare Plan Finder Lesson.


California’s Coordinated Care Initiative

Fact Sheet – California’s Corordinated Care Initiative: Background and Overview

This fact sheet provides the background and context for California’s Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), established as part of the enacted 2012-2013 budget. It outlines the changes to the delivery of medical care and long-term services and supports for individuals eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal as well as Medi-Cal-only seniors and people with disabilities initiated by the CCI.

To read the fact sheet click here.


Medicare Prescription Drug Premiums to Remain Steady for Third Straight Year

Average basic premiums for Medicare prescription drug plans are projected to remain constant in 2013, Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced today. The average 2013 monthly premium for basic prescription drug coverage is expected to be $30. Average premiums for 2012 were projected to be $30 and ultimately averaged $29.67. At the same time, since the law was enacted, seniors and people with disabilities have saved $3.9 billion on prescription drugs as the Affordable Care Act began closing the “donut hole” coverage gap.  Read More >>


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