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Medicare Counseling

HICAP – What we do and our calendar of events

Medicare Counseling and so much more… The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a free service of PASSAGES that helps people with Medicare issues regardless of age. Maintained by state registered, trained staff counselors and volunteers, this critical program provides hands-on objective information and problem resolution in relation to: Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, and supplemental plans such as Medigap, prescription drug plans, government assistance programs, and long-term care insurance. Our Medicare counselors can help you:

     ♦ Understand Medicare, or resolve problems with benefits.

     ♦ Compare Medicare supplemental insurance or health plans.

     ♦ Explore long term care (LTC) options and evaluate LTC policies.

     ♦ Compare Part D drug plans and other prescription drug resources.

     ♦ Find out about government programs that reduce your medical costs.

HICAP is also available for presentations and workshops regarding how to make the most of it. Give our community outreach specialist a call to schedule a time to come and speak to your group or your organization. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about Medicare and other services of PASSAGES. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment with one of our state registered counselors, please call:

Chico/Paradise: 530-898-6716
All other areas: 1-800-434-0222

HICAP is part of a state and national network of Medicare counseling programs. Nationally known as SHIP (State Health Insurance assistance Program), we are funded by grants from the California Department of Aging and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


Click here to read HICAP Recap Newsletter

HICAP Calendar of Events

UPCOMING 2016 EVENTS: open to the public
Call HICAP to register for workshop events: 530-898-6716

January 14, 2016: Welcome to Medicare 10am-12:pm,
Lakeside Pavilion, Chico

January 19, 2016: Welcome to Medicare, 1pm-3pm, Red Bluff Community Center, Red Bluff


Click here to view video Navigating Medicare: Don’t Miss the Boat

Click here to view video The Story of Medicare: A Timeline

Click here for information on Deficit Reduction and Medicare

Answering the FAQs about Medicare

Join the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for its webinar, Answering the FAQs about Medicare.  The webinar will address frequently asked questions NCOA receives via its consumer site, My Medicare Matters.

The webinar is designed for persons who counsel or care for those with Medicare, whether professionally or personally, as well as those aging into Medicare who may want to know more about their coverage options.  The webinar will takes a look at common concerns, and how to find answers to some not-so-common questions.


Inquiries about Medicare enrollment, including when it may be appropriate to delay enrollment (and how to avoid penalties later)

Coverage issues, such as vaccinations, second opinions, and what therapies may be available for those who are homebound

Getting help with Medicare costs

This webinar is available online. Click here to view video.

Information contained in HICAP’s web pages may be linked to other web sites, such as California Health Advocates (CHA), an organization of which this HICAP is a member.