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Medicare Web Page:

source: California Department of Insurance ,
languages: English
Look down the page --about half way-- for information about Medicare Supplement Insurance.

Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Drug Pricing Inquiry

source: Medi-Cal (California Department of Health Services)
languages: English
"The drugs listed below are 200 brand-name drugs that are frequently inquired upon by Medi-Cal Pharmacy providers in California's Medicare Drug Discount Program..."

more from Medi-Cal (California Department of Health Services):
Medicare Web Page:
Prescription Drug Discount Program For Medicare Recipients - Frequently Asked Questions
languages: English
"...many questions have arisen regarding when and how the program will work. The following Frequently Asked Questions have been written to answer some of these questions..."

Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Part D (Federal Prescription Drug Benefit) Update
languages: English
Updated August 18, 2006

Medicare Web Page:
What is Medi-Gap?

source: Congress of California Seniors
languages: English
"A Medicare supplemental policy - Medi-Gap - is a type of insurance that is designed specifically to cover part or all of Medicare's co-payments and deductibles.... "

web page:
A Consumer's Guide to Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in California
languages: English
from GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE. As a resident of California, you have rights under federal and state law that will protect you when you seek to buy, keep, or switch your health insurance, even if you have a serious health condition. This guide describes your protections as a resident of California.

Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

languages: English
"Medicare offers voluntary prescription drug coverage, known as "Medicare Part D" and sometimes as "Medicare Rx." This insurance is available through private companies and benefits began being offered in January 2006. If you already have Medicare, and did not sign up in the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) (between November 15, 2005 and May 15, 2006), you can sign up for a plan during the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)... "

more from
brochhure or publication:
Medicare Part D: An Overview
languages: English
"This page lists the important questions to think about before you decide if you want Medicare prescription drug coverage..."

web page:
Medigap: Supplementing Medicare
languages: English
"Medicare is not a comprehensive health care program. A private Medigap policy is one option for supplementing Medicare coverage..."

Medicare Web Page:
The Medicare Drug Benefit: Implications for California

source:California HealthCare Foundation
languages: English
" overview of the Medicare drug benefit, this issue brief highlights the special characteristics of California that will affect introduction of the benefit and identifies numerous policy issues ..."

Medicaid brochure or publication:
Medicare Advantage Plans: An Overview

source:California Health Advocates
file size: 2 pg.   languages: English, Spanish
Fact sheet provides basic information about the four types of Medicare Advantage plans: Medicare Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Medicare Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS) and Medicare Special Needs Plans.

more from California Health Advocates:
Medicare brochure or publication:
Supplementing Medicare: Medigap Plans
file size: 3 pg.   languages: English
Describes the choices for Medigap insurance plans, along with requirements, coverage, and deductibles.

Medicare Web Page:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Region 9 - San Francisco

source:Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
languages: English
"Regional Offices generally serve as the agency's main link to beneficiaries, health care providers, state and local governments as well as the general public..."

Medicare brochure or publication:
California Medicare Drug Plan Ratings

file size:5 pg.  languages: English
"...This AARP rating tool contains information about “stand-alone” Medicare plans in your state that cover only prescription drugs...."
Medicaid brochure or publication:
Your Medicare Rights and Protections

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
44pp   languages: English
Fairly detailed explanations and descriptions about your Medicare rights and protections.

web page:
Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder

languages: English
"As you consider Medicare prescription drug coverage, think about what matters most to you. There are a range of plan options available, and the Landscape of Local Plans can help you focus on the kind of coverage you prefer. on your state on the map"


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