The Council on Aging Orange County is our newest partner. We’d like to give you an update on one of their projects that benefit everyone in Leisure World.
During the annual Medicare open enrollment period each year, the COAOC helps seniors and others receiving Medicare, such as those with certain disabilities, review their health care plans. The program is known by it’s abbreviation, HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy).
A very successful Medicare Open Enrollment clinic was held in Clubhouse 3 on Monday, October 31. The clinic began at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 pm. The staff of 10 HICAP counselors were able to keep the flow of traffic going so there was very little wait time to see a counselor.
In 2015, COAOC had a Medicare Open Enrollment Clinic at the Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library with an attendance of only 12 clients. This year, 63 shareholders took advantage of this free Medicare “checkup”. The Golden Age Foundation provided refreshments for the staff and their shareholder clients.
At the end of the day a tally of potential savings experienced by the attendees resulted in a annual potential savings of $22,000+ gained by either changing Medicare Part D or changing Medical Advantage plans. This is a savings of approximately $350 per shareholder!
The next review session is scheduled for November 16, 2016, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. This session will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. There are still a few appointments available. Those wishing to schedule an appointment should call the Leisure World HICAP office at (562) 472-0275 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m to 1 p.m.