Medicare Information

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Understanding Changes in Prescription Drug Coverage for People with Disabilities on Medicare - Advancing Independence and the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University have created this guide specifically to address special concerns of Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities. The guide also includes worksheets that beneficiaries can use in consulting their physicians about current pharmaceutical use so that Medicare beneficiaries can compare and select a plan that is right for them.

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. (CMA) - The Center for Medicare Advocacy's diverse staff allows them to offer consultation, training, presentations and materials on a wide array of topics. The CMA-Trained CHOICES Program is one of the most highly ranked programs in the nation for helping older adults with Medicare and health insurance choices.

Disability Benefits 101 - California Benefit Planners. Website for a list of Benefit Planner phone numbers in your area. The website gives you tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation - The Foundation is a major producer of policy analysis and research. It is a "go to" clearinghouse of news and information for the health policy community. It also develops and helps run large-scale public health information campaigns in the U.S. and around the world.

Families USA - The Voice for Health Care Consumers. Since 1982, Families USA has worked to promote high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). For individual counseling and assistance with Medicare, call:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For Medicare questions and assistance call:
1-800-MEDICARE (Voice)
1-877-486-2048 (TTY)

California Health Advocates. For technical information and assistance call:

Health Rights Hotline in Sacramento. Part of the Health Consumer Alliance (HCA), a united effort of nine legal services agencies addressing health access problems of California consumers in Alameda, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo and Yolo counties. Call toll-free:
1-888-354-4474 (Voice)
916-551-2180 (TTY)

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has created a bilingual hotline to assist individuals with the Medicare Part D enrollment process. Individuals can receive one on one counseling, and assistance applying for low income subsidies as well as finding a plan to meet their individual needs. The hotline is available Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time (5:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time). The National Alliance for Hispanic Health hotline number is:

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) has established a national toll-free multilingual helpline for English, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese speaking consumers. The NAPCA National Multilingual Toll-free Helpline Numbers are:
English: 1-800-582-4218
Chinese: 1-800-582-4218
Korean: 1-800-582-4259
Vietnamese: 1-800-582-4336