NEW HMO FOR SENIORS.Byline: Eric Leach Staff Writer
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Katharine Raley, program manager for the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program in Ventura County, said the new Universal Care program is an option that will make medical care more convenient for many senior citizens in the Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. areas.
``I think it's very important to our Medicare beneficiaries in east Ventura County who have transportation problems because they will be able to use their own hospitals and own doctors,'' Raley said.
She said that until this year only Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is an integrated managed care organization, based in Oakland, California, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney R. Garfield. provided a Medicare Advantage health maintenance organization service in southeastern Ventura County.
About 28,000 people live in the area who use Medicare, she said.
Although Kaiser has clinics in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, its closest hospital is in Woodland Hills.
``Many of our seniors can't drive and it was really hard having Kaiser. This is going to help a great deal,'' Raley said.
Laura Gallardo, a Kaiser spokeswoman, said that Kaiser welcomed the Universal Care HMO HMO health maintenance organization.
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``It's important for seniors to have health care options,'' she said.
Jeremy Brewer, marketing director for Simi Valley Hospital, said the hospital was looking forward to the collaboration with Universal Care and Community Medical Group.
``The new relationship now gives seniors a much deserved choice in an HMO product that they haven't had in a long time,'' he said.
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``We have just begun our outreach and marketing efforts,'' he said. ``People are inquiring inquiring,
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Most Medicare beneficiaries use the traditional fee-for-service program, but in California more than 25 percent are enrolled in Medicare Advantage programs, which include health maintenance organizations, officials said. This is a much higher percentage than in most other states.
The new service areas under the Universal Care plan include the following ZIP codes zip code
System of postal-zone codes (zip stands for “zone improvement plan”) introduced in the U.S. in 1963 to improve mail delivery and exploit electronic reading and sorting capabilities. in Ventura County: 90265, 91301, 91304, 91307, 91311, 91319, 91320, 91358, 91359, 91360, 91361, 91362, 91377, 93063, 93064, 93065, 93094 and 93099.
People interested in enrollment information for Universal Care may call (800) 633-4227.
Raley said there are many new developments in Medicare this year, including open enrollment in November for new prescription drug prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, programs that go into effect in 2006.
There are counselors from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program ready to help Medicare recipients sort through their new options in every Ventura County city and every senior center, including the centers in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, she said.
The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program in Ventura County can be reached at (800) 434-0222.
Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602