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PODCASTS

CAHIP works diligently to keep our members and stakeholders up to date regarding important developments in our local communities, our state, and nationally.  Here you’ll find recent podcasts made by CAHIP on important topics today.

 

CAHIP Podcasts

Medicare Updates for 2023

In this special podcast, Host Dorothy Cociu interviews Maggie Stedt and Rosamaria Murrajo from CAHIP’s Medicare Committee, on the Medicare updates needed for 2023 enrollments.  We discuss the important things consumers need to know, the new rules that affect agents, and the Inflation Reduction Act’s Medicare provisions. In addition, we discuss what seniors themselves need to know, their most common questions, hints on how to enroll, as well as the differences in stand-alone prescription drug plans, Medicare supplement plans and more!  

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How Close Did We Come to Single Payer Healthcare in California?

CAHIP VP of Communications Dorothy Cociu interviews Faith Borges, Legislative Advocate for the California Agents and Health Insurance Professionals (CAHIP) and Dawn McFarland, VP of Legislation for CAHIP, on the latest and most serious threat to our current health care system in California, with the recent single payer healthcare bill, AB-1400, and the companion Assembly Constitutional Amendment, ACA 11. This was the second serious scare of single payer in 5 years for California, but this one was a double threat, as it included the funding source to pay for Single Payer in a constitutional amendment with nearly $290 Billion in new corporate and individual taxes. What happened, why did it happen, and why did it fail? Learn why this is a continuing threat in California; how we could lose our employer sponsored coverage, individual coverage, Medicare, Medi-Cal and all other forms of healthcare coverage in California!

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CAHIP Medicare Updates – Part 1

In Part 1 of a 2-Part Podcast Series on Medicare Open Enrollment for 2021-2022, Dorothy Cociu, CAHIP VP of Communications interviews Maggie Stedt, CAHIP Immediate Past President and Medicare Expert, and David Garcia, CAHIP Medicare Chair, about the current open enrollment period for Medicare for 2022 enrollment, and how it affects Medicare Enrollees, Consumers and Employers. We discuss the most important things to know for 2022, what seniors can do during open enrollment, the most common questions seniors have when signing up for Medicare, and needed information about prescription drug plans, Medicare Supplement plans, the pros and cons of dropping off of a group health plan, and how agents can assist them. Join us for Part 1 of this 2-Part Podcast!

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CAHIP Medicare Updates – Part 2 – Helpful Tools for Agents

Host Dorothy Cociu, CAHIP V.P. of Communications, interviews Maggie Stedt, CAHIP Immediate Past President and Medicare Agent, and David Garcia, CAHIP Medicare Chair and Medicare expert, on the important information that agents need to know during this Medicare Open Enrollment season.  Bruce Benton, CAHIP V.P. of Public Affairs, is also on hand.  In this episode, we discuss what it’s like serving seniors, recommendations on how to respond to TV or radio ads that may be misleading, the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement coverage, Part B give-back, drug coverage updates, coverage postponements and penalties, the top 3 things agents need to know this Medicare season, and more!  Join us for this informative podcast. 

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CAA’s No Surprises Act, Part 1 of a 2 Part Series

CAHIP’s VP of Communications, Dorothy Cociu, VP of Public Affairs, Bruce Benton, and VP of Professional Development, Jack Holder, are pleased to share this podcast with CAHIP members and the public.  Host Dorothy Cociu and special guest Marilyn Monahan, of Monahan Law office, discuss the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) interim final rule for the No Surprises Act, Part 1.  This act focuses on surprise billing for emergency services, as well as billing practices in certain non-network situations by limiting the amount payable to the network rate.  Marilyn and Dorothy share the employer plan sponsor concerns, administrative concerns and many new obligations for health plans and issuers.  This is a must-listen podcast for health agents and their plan sponsor employers!  (Modified from its original recording for CAHIP use).

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CAA’s No Surprises Act, Part 2 of a 2 Part Series

In Part 2 of our 2-Part Series on Surprise Billing Legislation, host Dorothy Cociu, CAHIP VP of Communications, interviews Ryan Day, President, and Collen Dempewolf, Director, Strategic Product Development, of HS Technologies, a Referenced Based Pricing Vendor, on the No Surprises Act’s impact on health plans. They discuss how plans without networks will be treated under the Act, how referenced based pricing plans are impacted, and how communication and cooperation with claims administrators will be required. They also discuss how the Qualifying Payment Amount and Independent Dispute Resolution process will work, whether RBP payment amounts to providers may need to change, and if possible “one-off” agreements, direct provider contracting and other options may be more common for RBP plans due to the Act.  CAHIP VP of Public Affairs Bruce Benton and CAHIP VP of Professional Development join Dorothy in providing this informative podcast.

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S3 E1 - Cybersecurity Part 1

In Part 1 of this 2-Part Podcast, CAHIP Vice President, Communications Dorothy Cociu interviews Ted Mayeshiba and Ted Flittner, Principals of Aditi Group, an IT Security/HIPAA Security/Cybersecurity firm about the importance of Cybersecurity and how employers can protect themselves. Bruce Benton, a life and health and P&C agent, and Vice President, Public Affairs of the California Association of Health Underwriters is also on-hand.  In Part 1, we discuss the growing trend of electronic hacking and cyber attacks that have affected nearly every type of industry, and more specifically, on recent attacks that have had a serious impact on consumers and our infrastructure.  We discuss what happened in some of the cases that hit the news, and we talk about what companies can do to stay safe and try to avoid these types of attacks. We will focus heavily on the “weakest link” – your own employees or employees of your employer clients, and how to protect your company’s critical data. 

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S3 E2 - Cybersecurity Part 2

In Part 2 of this 2-Part Podcast, CAHIP V.P of Communications Dorothy Cociu continues her discussions with Ted Mayeshiba and Ted Flittner, Principals of Aditi Group, an IT Security/HIPAA Security/Cybersecurity firm, and Bruce Benton, a life and health and P&C agent, and Vice President, Public Affairs of the California Association of Health Underwriters on how to be better protected against Cyber Attacks.  We discuss how to stay safe while traveling, working from home risks, potential new cybersecurity regulations, the importance of proper training, and we look at Cyber Liability Insurance and why it’s so important today.   

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