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Are You Eligible for Extra Medical Benefits as a Medi-Medi?

What is a Medi-Medi? A “Medi-Medi” is a term that describes someone who qualifies for Medicare who also qualifies for Medi-Cal. Who is Covered? Medicare coverage is based on your age or disability, but Medi- Cal coverage is based on your ...

Fall & Winter Vaccines for Seniors

Get Your Flu Shot- Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three flu viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. Flu season usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as late as May. Early ...

A Message from THIPA’s CEO

I hope this issue of Senior Living finds you well. Inside this Special Fall Issue you’ll find the expert resources to help you get the most out of the Annual Election period. It’s part of our continuing effort to help you improve your ...

Meet Primary Care Physician, Dr. Michael Yu

Senior Living: What is your background? Dr. Yu: I finished my training at Harbor UCLA County Hospital in 2004. After my training I treated the underserved population in the South Bay area. I worked at community clinics and free clinics, including one ...

Why Choose THIPA?

THIPA has 30 years experience exclusively serving the South Bay. We are now part of the nationally recognized Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Offers Leading Doctors: Choose from 350 primary care and specialist physicians to serve you. Self-Referral ...

Want Help Paying for Rx Drugs?

If you have trouble paying for your prescriptions every month, there’s good news. You may qualify for extra help under a Medicare program. If eligible, Medicare could pay for 75% or more of your prescription drug costs including monthly ...

Keep Your Plan or Choose a New One?

As a member of Torrance Hospital IPA, you can choose among seven Medicare Advantage Plans: This is not a complete listing of plans available in your service area. For a complete listing please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call ...

2 Ways to Compare Medicare Plans

1. Go to www. medicare.gov and compare Medicare Advantage plans. 2. Get expert, personalized help by contacting a Torrance-based independent health insurance agent who specializes in helping seniors select the plan that’s best for them. Contact ...

Medicare Annual Election Period: October 15-December 7

Election Period starts October 15 and lasts until December 7. This period, formerly known as Open Enrollment, is the time when you can join, change or drop a Medicare Advantage or Part D plan for the 2014 calendar year. During the Annual Election ...

Confused About Medicare? Understanding these key terms can help…

Annual Notification of Change - A letter sent by your Medicare Advantage Plan insurance company that informs you of changes to your benefits for 2014. It is included in a big package of material, mailed around the first of October. Coinsurance - The ...

If You Want to Change Plans…

If you would like to switch your Medicare Advantage Plan, then you’ll need the THIPA physician code for your existing primary care physician. You can get it by calling THIPA Member Services Toll-Free at 1-866-568-4472. Once you choose your ...

Your Annual Election Period is Coming Up!

The Annual Election Period starts October 15 and lasts until December 7. This period, formerly known as Open Enrollment, is the time when you can join, change or drop a Medicare Advantage or Part D plan for the 2014 calendar year. Your Medicare ...

Expired, Unused Medication? Here’s What to Do…

Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired or left over medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them? “The biggest misconception is that you can flush medication down the toilet,” says Pharmacist Shahram Elie of ...

10 Reasons to Visit the Hawthorne Senior Center

Enjoy a billiard room with four pool tables. Take exercise classes such as tai chi, strength and balance, and Zumba™ Relax in front of two big screen TV’s. Make arts and crafts in the sewing room with sewing machines. Get help filling out ...

Are You Eligible for Extra Medical Benefits as a Medi-Medi?

What is a Medi-Medi? A “Medi-Medi” is a term that describes someone who qualifies for Medicare who also qualifies for Medi-Cal. Who is Covered? Medicare coverage is based on your age or disability, but Medi- Cal coverage is based on your ...

3 Services THIPA Care Management Provides

1. Complex Care Management: Provides ongoing medical helpand support to maintain life safelyat home for those with complex medical problems. 2. Care Transition Program: Provides short-term medical help while you recover after hospitalization. 3. ...

New Help for Seniors with Chronic Health Problems

If you’re suffering from chronic health conditions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, you have a handful of medications to take every day, not to mention visits to doctors, specialists and even stays in the hospital. But you ...

Bone Loss: The Silent Epidemic

Low bone mass called osteopenia is a danger for women and men over the age of 65. When it occurs, it puts you at high risk for serious bone loss and a disease called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” It’s a disease ...

Avoiding Superbug Infections at the Hospital or Convalescent Center

Hospitals and convalescent centers are for healing and rehabilitation, but they can also be breeding grounds for drug resistant bacteria, or superbugs, such as MRSA, CRE, and VRE. “These bacteria aren’t really new; it’s just that ...

4 Ways to Stop Sniffling, Sneezing and Itchy, Watery Eyes!

1. Diagnose Your Allergies Properly Make an appointment with an allergist to discover exactly what you’re allergic to. “We do allergy testing,” says Dr. Madani. “This is nothing more than a scratch on the back—no needles ...

The Truth about Aging and Allergies

If you’ve noticed that your allergies have grown worse with each passing year, or if you’re starting to experience allergies for the first time in your life, you’re not alone. According to allergist Dr. Ghodsi Madani, seniors are ...

Milton Quon’s Secret of Longevity

THIPA member Milton Quon celebrates his 100th birthday on August 22nd, but age is hardly slowing him down. Milton spends his days painting, reading, exercising and engaging in lively conversation with family and friends. One of Milton’s ...

4 Secrets for Healthy Aging, from Marcil Mamita, M.D.

Advances in medical science make it possible to treat common conditions of aging. Even those conditions that you may think you just have “to live with.” Secret #1: You Don’t Have to “Live With It” “Many seniors ...

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month!

As a senior, it’s even more important to receive scheduled immunizations to protect yourself against illness. The Centers for Disease Control recommends these vaccinations for everyone over age 65: • Flu shot - get one every year. There ...

It’s MedicAlert Awareness Month!

Tragic or even fatal mistakes can be made in emergency medical treatment if health professionals are unaware that the patient has a special medical condition. For example, a diabetic could be neglected and die because the person was thought to be ...
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