Covering Health
5:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Seniors Pass Up Free Health Subsidies

Millions of seniors pay too much for healthcare. How to change that?
Millions of seniors pay too much for healthcare. How to change that?
Credit Flickr user Nicoli Barea

Millions of struggling seniors are paying more than they need to for their health care… effectively turning down free money. Local advocates say seniors are overwhelmed and missing out on many of the benefits they’re entitled to. 

The Council on Aging, located in Santa Rosa, offers legal, financial and social services locally. HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides free Medicare and health insurance counseling to California residents. To locate which benefits programs you might be entitled to, check out the Benefits Checkup, from the National Council on Aging.