Email update: Cancelled | Congressman Ami Bera

Email update: Cancelled

Jul 21, 2014
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Email update sent on Monday, July 21st, 2014

I sent an email update on Monday about how my office is working to help seniors get the Social Security and Medicare benefits they have earned. Join now so you don't miss any updates in the future!

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As a doctor, I know firsthand how much our seniors rely on Medicare and Social Security. We must honor the promises we've made to our seniors so they can get the health care they need, and have a secure and dignified retirement.

That’s why my local office does all it can to help seniors who are having problems with Social Security, Medicare, and more. In fact, we've helped local seniors recover nearly $120,000 in Social Security and Medicare benefits since 2013.

We recently helped a local senior named Rob who had his Medicare supplemental insurance cancelled through no fault of his own. Rob wanted me to share his story, so more seniors could see how they can get help.

Are you a senior who needs help? Call my office at (916) 635 0505 or visit my new Help for Seniors page now for more information.

Rob and his wife have lived in the Sacramento area since 1972. After raising a family, they put their dreams of retirement on hold to help support their granddaughters.

They chose to pay for a private insurance plan to supplement their Medicare coverage, but they began to receive notices from their insurance company, claiming they owed money. Rob had setup automatic payments at his bank, and after calling his insurance agent repeatedly, he was assured that he had paid in full.

Then Rob and his wife received a cancellation notice. It turned out his insurance company was checking the wrong account all along, and that his automatic payments had been turned off.

My office helped Rob when his Medicare supplemental insurance was cancelled through no fault of his own.

Rob was told their insurance policy could not be reinstated, and that they would have to wait for the next open enrollment period to get their coverage back – several months away. Rob and his wife were worried that they would have to pay for their medications and other health care needs with credit cards, piling up debts that would place their whole retirement in jeopardy.

Then Rob called my office, and my staff got to work. Within a few weeks, we were able to help Rob and his wife get a Medicare exemption so their policy could be reinstated.

Rob asked that when I shared his story, to pass along his advice: “Don’t be afraid to call your representative for help – Stick to the facts and they will do everything they can.”

Rob’s story is just one example of how my office can help make government work for you.

If you’re a senior who needs help, my office would be honored to serve you. Please call us at (916) 635 0505 or visit my new Help for Seniors page now for more information.

And as always, please feel free to share your thoughts on any issue with me. My door is always open.

Be well,

Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress

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