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Consumer Tip: Watch out for ‘affordable’ health care scams
Marin Independent Journal

CONSUMER TIP

Watch out for insurance SCAMS

You receive a phone message that, because of the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act, you have an opportunity to get health care at substantially discounted rates. You call the 800-number, and the salesperson offers “superior” health insurance at “group” rates with savings of 50 percent or more.

However, be aware of several scams that boast a special affinity to this federal act.

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Nine California hospitals named among the 100 best in the U.S.
California Healthline

Several California hospitals are listed in the 2013 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Hospitals in America released last week, U-T San Diego reports (Sisson, U-T San Diego, 4/1) …

… The nine California hospitals included on the list were:

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles;
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach;
  • John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek;
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center;
  • Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla;
  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto;
  • Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside;
  • UC-San Diego Medical Center; and
  • UCSF Medical Center (Gamble/Herman, Becker’s Hospital Review release, 3/29).
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2013 Health Care Quality Report Cards are a vital tool for consumers making health care choices
PR Newswire

HEALTH PLANS AND MEDICAL GROUPS DEMONSTRATE IMPROVED CARE FOR CHILDREN, BUT SHOW MIXED RESULTS IN PREVENTING AND MANAGING COSTLYAND DEBILITATING CHRONIC DISEASES FOR ADULTS

SACRAMENTO – The Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) released the 2013 Report Cards today on a redesigned, consumer-friendly Website, www.opa.ca.gov, and, for the first time, as a mobile app for iPhone and iPad. The Website and app make it easy for consumers to review quality ratings on more than 40 clinical care measures for the state’s 10 largest commercial Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), six largest commercial Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), and 209 medical groups.

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Medicare Open Enrollment is underway, ends Dec. 7
Medicare.gov

Medicare Open Enrollment began Oct. 15. You have until Dec. 7 to choose a plan that best meets your needs.

It’s time to review, compare and choose the right plan for you.

Visit Medicare.gov, the official U.S. Government site for Medicare, for more information, and health plan options:

  • How to get started.
  • Tips on choosing and comparing plans.
  • Health plan options, coverage choices, and more.

The latest article in HealthDay news describes the wide range of choices consumers will have.

To find a free health clinic or low-cost clinic near you, visit Californians for Patient Care’s largest directory of free clinics and other programs or services – MyHealthResource.org.

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