Fraud Warning & Workshops for Medicare Users

Oct 23, 2013 3:11 PM

The Annual Enrollment Period for Part D drug plans and Part C Medicare Advantage plans started
October 15th and will end December 7th. PASSAGES Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program
(HICAP) is providing community workshops about "What's New in Medicare for 2014" ... to help make important decisions regarding health care needs for the coming year. These workshops will explain changes in drug plans, which plans will be remaining in the area, which plans will be leaving and will also be available to answer questions about Medicare Advantage plans.

Tatiana Fassieux, HICAP program manager, says the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period should not be confused with the Insurance Exchange enrollment period. She warns beneficiaries to be on the alert for insurance agents using aggressive tactics to sell health care coverage that is meant for those seeking coverage through the Insurance Exchange.

Misinforming beneficiaries would be considered fraud. Fraudsters are very active this time of year. Seniors and
others on Medicare who participate in the exchange in error may experience complications with their
coverage and potential premium penalties with Medicare in the future.

• HICAP will have a table at the Oroville Hospital Health Fair on Oct 26 at the Oroville Municipal Auditorium
• 10-29, 10 am-noon: Gridley Community Center, 194 Washington St
• 10-29, 2-4 pm: Paradise Ridge Community Center, 877 Nunneley Rd
• 11-7, 10- 11:30: Orland Senior Nutrition Site: 19 Walker St
• 11-7, 2-4pm: Lakeside Pavilion, 2565 California Park Dr, Chico

Please call to reserve your seat today at 1-800-434-0222 or 530-898-6716. HICAP does not sell or
endorse any insurance products.

PASSAGES helps older adults and family caregivers with important services to empower them to
remain confident in their ability to sustain and enjoy independent lives. For more information about
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