For the first time, the population of seniors and older adults outnumbers the young in the United States. In response, there has been both local and statewide efforts to develop strategies to meet the need to accommodate this growing population.
The counties of Alameda and Santa Clara are making great strides towards becoming age-friendly regions, reflecting a commitment to strengthening the quality of life for all residents.
I share this same pledge to seniors in our community. That is why I have wrote AB 2159, a bill that will protect seniors from falling victim to financial fraud by requiring money transmitters such as Western Union to report suspicious activity to law enforcement or an adult protective services agency.
I am truly concerned about the rising problem of scams targeting seniors in our community. To that end, I believe education is the best prevention. Last month I partnered with the Contractors State License Board hosting a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar as an opportunity to educate our seniors about the latest scams and best preventive measures. At the event, experts shared that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be issuing new Medicare cards starting this month. In 2015, Congress passed a law requiring these cards to remove social security numbers by 2019 which will work to eliminate the risk of medical identity theft.
Please be advised that the new Medicare cards will be mailed to Medicare recipients in phases starting April 2018 through March 2019. Medicare will never call or email you about your new Medicare card: if someone calls you about a new Medicare card it may be a scam. If you receive any such suspicious solicitation, hang up and call the Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-855-613-7080 or visit their website at https://cahealthadvocates.org/.
Should you need help with your Medicare, you call the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 1-800-434-0222 for free and objective information and counseling about Medicare.
And finally, in this newsletter, you will find updates on my past events, announcements, and upcoming events. To learn more, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.
Assemblymember, 25th District