Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Assistance offered during Medicare open enrollment

The El Dorado County Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is offering free assistance to all Medicare beneficiaries in El Dorado County during Medicare’s Annual Election Period that started Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

During the Annual Election Period (AEP), also called Open Enrollment, people with Medicare can join, disenroll from, or change a Part D drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan, with changes taking effect Jan. 1, 2014. According to HICAP staff, it’s a good idea for people to reevaluate their Medicare plans during the AEP, since drug formularies, premiums and other out-of-pocket costs can change every year.

HICAP is a non-profit organization that provides free, unbiased, one-on-one counseling to Medicare beneficiaries. Anyone who would like advice or help changing or joining a Part D or Medicare Advantage plan should call now to schedule an appointment during the AEP. Beneficiaries are encouraged to bring with them one bottle of each of their prescription drugs, or a detailed list of each drug including dosage and frequency of use.

For a free HICAP appointment, please call HICAP at 530-621-6369. People who are turning 65 or are new to Medicare, or those needing assistance with other Medicare issues are welcome to make an appointment any time during the year. Counseling sites are located in Placerville, El Dorado Hills and South Lake Tahoe. For information about other senior programs and services in El Dorado County visit edcgov.us/humanservices.

Health and Human Services Agency

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Discussion | 10 comments

  • A Cameron Park residentOctober 16, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Again , I notice there is nothing planned for Cameron Park regarding medicare counseling or information! Why not????

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  • Little RickyOctober 16, 2013 - 1:13 pm

    Georgetown?

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  • Dink LaneOctober 16, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    All the residents having trouble with the Federal website during this "Open enrollment" period...... live in states where Republican Governors have BLOCKED expanded Medicare. (Texas, Indiana, Georgia, Mississippi) ..... That's the Republican way.... Hurt your constituents and then point your finger to the other guy..... CA's website has had a very High Success rate....

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  • EvelynOctober 16, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Dink: Is there available information supporting your statement that the Federal website is selectively blocking particular states?

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  • Dink LaneOctober 16, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Evelyn--I never said "selectively blocking"...... The States that did NOT agree to work with their constituents -- i.e. Texas -- and now they have left a large gap of people UNCOVERED .... known as the working poor.... make too much money for state's medicare and can't afford any insurance plan..... These are the ones who are having trouble finding ways to comply with the law..... but it looks great for a Republican "Talking Point"!

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  • EvelynOctober 16, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    Dink: True, you did not use the words "selectively blocking". But that was what I understood from "All the residents having trouble with the Federal website during this "Open enrollment" period...... live in states where Republican Governors have BLOCKED expanded Medicare." I'm still not clear why residents in the particular states you identify are having "trouble with the Federal website". Can you provide a link, please?

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  • Dink LaneOctober 16, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Please note: The 12 states (CA is one) that set up their own websites are not experiencing the problems that the 36 states that Opted to NOT do their own...... Try this link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/09/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-obamacares-error-plagued-web-sites/

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  • EvelynOctober 16, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the link. For whatever reason, I'm not finding support for your statement. I'd be glad if someone else would have a look HERE and show me what I'm missing.

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  • Dee#1October 16, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    This does not sound like a great success to me.------- *COVERED CALIFORNIA SAYS WEBSITE GOT 987,440 UNIQUE VISITORS *CALIFORNIA EXCHANGE COMPLETES APPLICATIONS ON 16,311 HOUSEHOLDS Assuming each household is a 'unique' then that is a 1.65% sign-up rate. Doesn't seem like the huge success so many have proclaimed.

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  • Dee#1October 16, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Evelyn, this might be the site Dink meant------- http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/08/29/gop-led-states-blocking-obamacare/---------it is not a physical block but legal block.

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