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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 doctor’s office, 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...

2019 California Open Enrollment

The 2019 Open Enrollment Period for Individual Family Plans (IFP) begins on October 15th and continues through December 15th for a January 1st, 2019 effective date. If you sign up between December 16th and January 15th the effective date will be February 1st, 2019. To...

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...

IMPORTANT: Blue Shield Medicare Supplement Plan Policy Holders

March billing statement Approximately 21,000 Blue Shield Medicare Supplement plan members did not receive their March billing statement on time. This statement was generated on February 24, 2018. As a result of the billing statement delay, there is a potential for...

2018 Special Enrollment Period

After January 31, 2018, consumers will not be able to enroll in a health plan until the 2019 Open Enrollment Period unless they experience a qualifying event, such as: Reduction of hours or termination of employment (for other than gross misconduct) Divorce from or...

Blue Shield of California Easy$Pay Users Must Take Action!

Blue Shield of California is switching to a new online payment system. To continue using Easy$Pay, Blue Shield’s automatic payment service, you must re-enroll before March 9, 2018, for your April automatic payment to process. If you miss this date, your April bill...