PBS Program Helps Seniors Navigate Medicare Part D

Medicare Forum: Making Sense of Part D airs on public television stations in California

With the initial deadline to enroll in Part D approaching, millions of Americans remain confused about the new prescription drug benefit. Many of the 4.2 million eligible Californians have questions about coverage and how to select the right plan from dozens available.

Medicare Forum: Making Sense of Part D, a half-hour television program to be broadcast on PBS stations throughout the state, will address essential and commonly asked questions about this new and complex drug benefit. The program is made possible by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), an independent philanthropy committed to improving the delivery and financing of health care in California.

Live Individual Q&A

During selected broadcasts and afterward, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) counselors will take calls from viewers to answer their questions.

The in studio program will feature an in-depth discussion hosted by noted broadcast journalist Dave Iverson. Other in-studio participants will include Medicare experts from the California Department of Aging’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program and California Health Advocates, who will examine the most important issues people face when enrolling in the new Medicare drug benefit.

Practical Information for Seniors

The broadcast will address issues on consumers’ minds, such as:

  • Part D eligibility
  • The benefits of enrolling
  • Penalties for late enrollment
  • Choosing the plan that fits your needs

“With at least 50 drug plans in every California county, Medicare consumers and their caregivers are struggling to understand this new drug benefit and choose a plan that fits their needs,” said Merry Davis, program officer at CHCF. “This innovative public education effort is designed to provide practical information that helps people with their decision-making.”

Medicare Forum will be distributed by California Public Television to all 14 public television stations in the state.

Medicare Forum is produced by KQED for California Public Television. The executive producer is Louise Lo and the producer is Bud Gundy.

California Public Television is an association of all 14 public television providing service to over 98 percent of all Californians. Stations include KEET- Eureka, KIXE – Chico Redding, KVIE – Sacramento, KRCB – Rohnert Park, KQED – San Francisco, KMTP – San Francisco, KCSM – San Mateo, KTEH/KJOI – San Jose-Salinas-Monterey, KVPT/KJOI – Fresno – Bakersfield, KVCR – San Bernardino, KCET – Los Angeles, KLCS – Los Angles, KOCE – Orange County, and KPBS – San Diego.

Information about show times is available through the link below.

About the California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.