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Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program
(209) 385-7550 or
Toll-free (800) 443-0222
"Helping you understand Medicare and your insurance options."

The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides free assistance with understanding Medicare and your health insurance options. HICAP offers objective information to help seniors make good decisions about their health care coverage through individual counseling and community education presentations throughout Merced County.

HICAP counselors are trained volunteers registered by the California Department of Aging. They do not sell health insurance coverage or endorse any specific plan or policy. The information about health insurance policies and benefits to the client, provided by the HICAP counselors, shall not be construed to be legal advice. The HICAP volunteer counselor is not liable for acts and omissions in providing counseling to recipients of this service.

HICAP certified counselors assist Medicare beneficiaries of any age in understanding:

  • Medicare eligibility and rights
  • Supplemental Insurance billing
  • Claims notices
The counselors also:
  • Compare private medical supplement plans
  • Show how to organize medical bills
  • Explore long-term care options
  • Clarify rights as a health care consumer
  • Explain Medicare claim denials
  • Explain prescription drug options
To get more information, set up a counseling appointment, schedule a presentation, or sign up as a volunteer, please call HICAP at (209) 385-7550 or (800) 434-0222.

Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452
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