Health Care Counseling Available @ Senior Center

CD / Business / 165There are now 2 HICAP Counselors at Culver City Senior Center who can provide free and unbiased counseling and assistance with Medicare and related health insurance.

HICAP is the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program of the non-profit Center for Health Care Rights in Los Angeles.

HICAP is a program of Calif. Dept. of Aging, funded locally by the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Aging and the Los Angeles County Dept. of Community and Senior Services. All services are provided free of charge and are strictly confidential.

Longstanding HICAP Counselor Linda Fleischman has served Culver City since 2003. Marcy Moore begins service in August, after providing HICAP services at a local Social Security Administration office since 2007. HICAP Counselors participate in a state-mandated initial training program and continuing education and are registered with Calif. Dept. of Aging.

Both HICAP Counselors have a lot in common—both are retired educators who enjoy traveling and each has a knack for helping people understand Medicare. Because they’re so good at what they do, both have mentored and trained new HICAP Counselors to help others.

HICAP provides information on Original Medicare (Parts A & B), Medi-Cal, Medicare Savings Programs and “Extra Help” with Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit. During Annual Election Period (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7), the focus is on Part D options: Medicare Advantage Plans and Prescription Drug Plans. Other popular topics include Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance and Long-Term Care.

HICAP Counseling is available by appointment on Mondays (2 – 5 PM) and Fridays (11 AM – 2 PM). Drop by the business desk at the Culver City Senior Center (4095 Overland Avenue) to schedule your HICAP visit or call them at (310) 253-6700.

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