Author: Claudia Boyd-Barrett

New Medicare ID Cards Prompt Fear of Fraud

A federal effort to clamp down on Medicare fraud has inadvertently opened up new possibilities for fraudsters who prey on the elderly, prompting a California-wide education campaign. While federal officials hope the change will make it harder for criminals to steal Social Security numbers and benefit fraudulently from the Medicare system, criminals are apparently seizing on news about the change to take advantage of unsuspecting seniors.

After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless

Samuel Raymond Curtis is very familiar with hospital stays. For the past two years, the 58-year-old homeless man who suffers from problems related to a hernia has been in and out of hospitals in Ventura County more times than he can count. Each time he got treated and released back onto the streets, he said. It wasn’t long before his health started deteriorating again. “I’d

Rising Temperatures Will Put Seniors at Risk, Experts Predict

The future is hot, and seniors, who are more prone to heat stress than younger adults, will be among those most affected by rising temperatures. With the over-65 population projected to expand rapidly in the coming decades, the accompanying hotter weather could place an enormous burden on emergency and health care infrastructure.

Health Care Overhaul, Federal Budget Could Disproportionately Harm Seniors

Older Californians could face increasing financial hardship and difficulty finding health care if Republican-led efforts to overhaul the nation’s health care system move forward, state officials and advocates agreed.  The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would drastically cut federal funds used by states to provide health services to poor and disabled seniors. The budget slashes funding to Medicaid, the federal insurance program for low-income people, known in California as Medi-Cal.

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