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What is the K/T AAA?
K/T AAA stands for Kings-Tulare Area Agency on Aging. The Agency was created in 1965 by the federal Older Americans Act to be the lead advocate, program planner, and resource facilitator on aging issues on behalf of all older persons in these two counties. Supported by funding from Kings and Tulare Counties, state, and federal sources, K/T AAA provides many senior programs, such as home and congregate meals, case management, Medicare counseling, information and assistance, health promotion, elder abuse prevention, ombudsman assistance, and so forth. We coordinate a range of activities to ensure comprehensive, community-based services for older Americans. One of our goals is to provide service to those who are underserved, due to cultural, economic, or language barriers
About K/T AAA - HICAP
The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a volunteer based program that provides unbiased information to help with making the best choices concerning Medicare. HICAP was created because the legislature knew that seniors needed help with understanding Medicare, and needed unbiased counseling with regard to their supplemental insurance choices.
HICAP has been charged since 1988 to provide unbiased information and counseling for Medicare recipients and their families. We also help pre senior, seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities learn more about their rights within the Medicare system. HICAP is supported by Federal and State Funds which are administered by the California Department of Aging.
HICAP services are free, and counselors do not sell, recommend, or endorse any insurance product, agent, insurance company, or health plan. HICAP can provide individual counseling to Medicare recipients in Kings and Tulare counties. Counselors receive intensive and ongoing training before being registered by the State. Counselors help people with health insurance, prescription drug resources, long term care insurance, and rights and protections of Medicare consumers.
As part of HICAP services, we also provide community education and forums to the public and help educate healthcare providers to ensure they have a better understanding of the Medicare system.HICAP is currently in need of volunteers who are willing to become State registered Medicare counselors. Candidates must be computer and internet competent.
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