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Covid 19 Symptoms

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: - Cough-...

Look out for COVID-19 scams

Unfortunately, scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number, personal information, and money. And they're using robocalls, social media posts, and emails to do it.  Remember, if anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or...

Protect yourself when getting prescriptions

As we all take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying home and social distancing, you may be facing new challenges about how to meet basic household needs, such as getting your medicines.  The CDC recommends limiting in-person visits to the pharmacy...

UPDATED: 2020 Open Enrollment Begins October 15, 2019

Assembly Bill 1309 (Bauer-Kahan) was passed, extending Open Enrollment through January 31, 2020.  To receive coverage beginning on Jan. 1. 2020, you must select a plan by Dec. 15, 2019.  If you select a plan from Dec. 16, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2019, your coverage...

Welcome to Medicare and Wellness

Under Original Medicare, a beneficiary is covered for two types of preventive visits: Welcome to Medicare and Wellness. Below is the difference in the two types of preventive visits: Welcome to Medicare Visit: During the first 12 months a person is on Part B of...

Changes coming to Medicare Supplement Plans in 2020

Medicare has made a significant change to Medicare Supplement plans starting in 2020.   Medicare Supplement Plans F and C will no longer be options for those newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020.  Please note that Medicare Supplement Plans F and...

Get Medicare’s new “What’s covered” app!

      Not sure if Medicare will cover your medical test or service? Medicare’s free “What’s covered” app delivers accurate cost and coverage information right on your smartphone. Now you can quickly see whether Medicare covers your service in the...

2019 Special Enrollment Period

The 2019 Open Enrollment Period has ended.  After January 15, 2019, consumers will not be able to enroll in a health plan until the 2020 Open Enrollment Period unless they experience a qualifying event.  Qualifying events include situations such as losing employer...

Open Enrollment NOT Affected by Texas Court Decision

Open Enrollment NOT Affected by Texas Court Decision  In response to a ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas v. United States of America, Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said:  “Open enrollment is full-steam ahead in California...

Watch Out for Scams

Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. Scam artists may try to get personal information (like your current Medicare Number) by contacting you about your new card. If...