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Medicare ‘Open Enrollment’ Scams

November 5, 2015 by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC The 2015 Medicare open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. It’s the time when Medicare recipients can comparison shop and make changes to their plans. It’s also a time when scammers take advantage of older consumers with ruses like these: Someone calls and says you must join their prescription plan or you’ll lose your Medicare coverage. Don’t believe it. The Medicare prescription drug plan (also known asMedicare Part D) is voluntary and does not affect your Medicare coverage. Someone calls or emails claiming they need your Medicare number to update your account, get you a new card, or send you Medicare benefit information. It’s a scam. If you need help with Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE or go tomedicare.gov. Someone claiming to be a Medicare plan representative says they need “to confirm” your billing information by phone or online. Stop. It’s a scam. Plan representatives are not allowed to ask you for payment over the phone or online. Dishonest...

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Know Your Rights Initiative/California to Hold Local Town Hall Meetings on Sept. 30 to Educate LGBT Community About Social Security Benefits Now Available

  Two Town Hall meetings will be held in San Diego for LGBT seniors and LGBT military veterans; Workshop for LGBT military veterans is first-of-its-kind in the U.S.; Acting SSA Commissioner, Carolyn W. Colvin scheduled to deliver remarks at both events On the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare Foundation (NCF) announces two important Town Hall Meetings in San Diego to discuss Social Security benefits available to LGBT military veterans and LGBT seniors. Know Your Rights Initiative/California will hold these two Town Hall meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. at the Ohr Shalom Synagogue at 2512 Third Avenue, San Diego, Calif. 92103. While the events are tailored to people ages 55 years and older, all are welcome to attend. To register for the events, please visit http://www.knowyourrightssd.com or call Sabrina Johnson at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation at 619-291-3383. Inspired by the Windsor ruling on June 26, 2013, the Know Your...

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Caring for the Caregiver event

Southern Caregiver Resource Center in collaboration with San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts present “Caring for the Caregiver” with keynote speaker Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney, Elder Abuse Unit FREE informational workshop for family caregivers. Come and learn more about preventing senior scams, learn stress management techniques, obtain helpful resources, and get answers to your most pressing questions. Breakfast provided. Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Address: First United Methodist Church, Linder Hall, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108 For more information and to RSVP please contact Southern Caregiver Resource Center, 1-800-827-1008 or 858-268-4432. Click here for the printable flyer: “Caring for the Caregiver”...

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CAREGIVER WORKSHOP: Caring Through the Holidays

Click here for printable flyer: Caregiver Workshop: Caring Through the Holidays FREE informational workshop for family caregivers. Come and learn more about caregiving and communication techniques, obtain helpful resources, and get answers to your most pressing questions. Refreshments provided. Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Address: St. James Lutheran Church, 866 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach, CA 91932 Agenda: Resource Fair 5:00 – 5:30 pm Welcome: 5:30 pm – 5:40 pm Caregiving through the holidays: 5:40 pm – 6:10 pm Fall risk prevention: 6:10 pm – 6:40 pm Medicare 101: 6:40 pm – 7:10 pm Resource Fair: 7:10 pm – 7:30 pm For more information and to RSVP please contact Southern Caregiver Resource Center, 1-800-827-1008 or 858-268-4432....

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ELA Supports the RCFE Reform Act of 2014

Elder Law & Advocacy recognizes the overwhelming need to strengthen oversight and regulation of RCFEs. What is a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE)? Also known as an assisted living facility, retirement home, and board and care home. Provides services to persons 60 years of age and over and persons under 60 with compatible needs. Supervises and assists with activities of daily living, such as bathing and grooming. May provide incidental medical services under special care plans. Ranges in size from six beds or less to over 100 beds. Over 174,000 California residents live in over 7,500 RCFEs. Critical Health and Safety Issues: Inadequate training for RCFE administrators and care providers. Infrequent inspections of facilities. Uninformed residents and families. Unresponsive and insufficient investigations of complaints involving abuse of residents. Paltry, disproportionate fines for violations. No accountability for RCFEs that break the rules. Lack of public transparency as to deficiencies, complaints, civil penalties, licensing, facility ownership. What is the RCFE Reform Act of 2014? The RCFE Reform Act of...

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