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Your rights as a member

As a CCA Health member, you have the right to privacy, to be treated with fairness and respect, and to file a complaint.

Learn More About Your Rights and Responsibilities

As a CCA Health member, you have certain rights concerning your healthcare. You also have certain responsibilities to the healthcare providers who are taking care of you. For more information, read the Rights and Responsibilities information below or call Member Services at 866-333-3530 (TTY 711).

Member Rights and Responsibilities

We must provide information in a way that works for you (in languages other than English, in Braille, in large print or other alternate formats, etc.) To get information from us in a way that works for you, please call Member Services.

Our plan has people and free interpreter services available to answer questions from disabled and non-English-speaking members. We can also give you information in Braille, in large print, or in other alternate formats at no cost if you need it. We are required to give you information about the plan’s benefits in a format that is accessible and appropriate for you. You can get information from us in a way that works for you.

Our plan must obey laws that protect you from discrimination or unfair treatment. We do not discriminate based on a person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, mental or physical disability, health status, claims experience, medical history, genetic information, evidence of insurability, or geographic location within the service area.

If you have a disability and need help with access to care, please call Member Services. If you have a complaint, such as a problem with wheelchair access, Member Services can help.

As a member of our plan, you have the right to choose a primary care provider (PCP) in the plan’s network to provide and arrange for your covered services. Call Member Services to learn which doctors are accepting new patients. You also have the right to go to a women’s health specialist (such as a gynecologist) without a referral.

As a plan member, you have the right to get appointments and covered services from the plan’s network of providers within a reasonable amount of time. This includes the right to get timely services from specialists when you need that care. You also have the right to get your prescriptions filled or refilled at any of our network pharmacies without long delays.

Federal and state laws protect the privacy of your medical records and personal health information. We protect your personal health information as required by these laws.

  • Your “personal health information” includes the personal information you gave us when you enrolled in this plan as well as your medical records and other medical and health information.
  • The laws that protect your privacy give you rights related to getting information and controlling how your health information is used. We give you a written notice, called a “Notice of Privacy Practice,” that tells about these rights and explains how we protect the privacy of your health information.
  • We make sure that unauthorized people don’t see or change your records.
  • In most situations, if we give your health information to anyone who isn’t providing your care or paying for your care, we are required to get written permission from you first. Written permission can be given by you or by someone you have given legal power to make decisions for you.
  • There are certain exceptions that do not require us to get your written permission first. These exceptions are allowed or required by law.
    • For example, we are required to release health information to government agencies that are checking on quality of care.
    • Because you are a member of our plan through Medicare, we are required to give Medicare your health information including information about your Part D prescription drugs. If Medicare releases your information for research or other uses, this will be done according to federal statutes and regulations.

You have the right to look at your medical records held at the plan, and to get a copy of your records. We are allowed to charge you a fee for making copies. You also have the right to ask us to make additions or corrections to your medical records. If you ask us to do this, we will work with your healthcare provider to decide whether the changes should be made.

You have the right to know how your health information has been shared with others for any purposes that are not routine.

As a member, you have the right to get several kinds of information from us. Call Member Services if you want any of the following kinds of information:

  • Information about our plan. This includes, for example, information about the plan’s financial condition. It also includes information about the number of appeals made by members and the plan’s performance ratings, including how it has been rated by plan members and how it compares to other Medicare health plans.
  • Information about our network providers, including our network pharmacies.
    • For example, you have the right to get information from us about the qualifications of the providers and pharmacies in our network and how we pay the providers in our network.
    • For a list of the providers and pharmacies in the plan’s network, see the Provider/Pharmacy Directory.
    • For more detailed information about our providers or pharmacies, you can call Member Services.
  • Information about your coverage and the rules you must follow when using your coverage.
    • If you have questions about the rules or restrictions, please call Member Services.
  • Information about why something is not covered and what you can do about it.
    • If a medical service or Part D drug is not covered for you, or if your coverage is restricted in some way, you can ask us for a written explanation. You have the right to this explanation even if you received the medical service or drug from an out-of-network provider or pharmacy.
    • If you are not happy or if you disagree with a decision we make about what medical care or Part D drug is covered for you, you have the right to ask us to change the decision. You can ask us to change the decision by making an appeal.
    • If you want to ask our plan to pay our share of a bill you have received for medical care or a Part D prescription drug, call Member Services.

Sometimes people become unable to make healthcare decisions for themselves due to accidents or serious illness. You have the right to say what you want to happen if you are in this situation. This means that, if you want to, you can:

  • Fill out a written form to give someone the legal authority to make medical decisions for you if you ever become unable to make decisions for yourself.
  • Give your doctors written instructions about how you want them to handle your medical care if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.

The legal documents that you can use to give your directions in advance in these situations are called “advance directives.” There are different types of advance directives and different names for them. Documents called “living will” and “power of attorney for health care” are examples of advance directives.

If you want to use an advance directive to give your instructions, here is what to do:

  • Get the form. You can get an advance directive form from your lawyer, from a social worker, or from some office supply stores. You can sometimes get advance directive forms from organizations that give people information about Medicare. You can also contact Member Services to ask for the forms.
  • Fill it out and sign it. Regardless of where you get this form, keep in mind that it is a legal document. You should consider having a lawyer help you prepare it.
  • Give copies to appropriate people. You should give a copy of the form to your doctor and to the person you name on the form as the one to make decisions for you if you can’t. You may want to give copies to close friends or family members as well. Be sure to keep a copy at home.

If you know ahead of time that you are going to be hospitalized, and you have signed an advance directive, take a copy with you to the hospital.

  • If you are admitted to the hospital, they will ask you whether you have signed an advance directive form and whether you have it with you.
  • If you have not signed an advance directive form, the hospital will have forms available and will ask if you want to sign one.

Remember, it is your choice whether you want to fill out an advance directive (including whether you want to sign one if you are in the hospital). According to law, no one can deny you care or discriminate against you based on whether or not you have signed an advance directive.

For additional advanced directive information, you can access http://oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/adv_hc_dir1

What if your instructions are not followed? If you have signed an advance directive, and you believe that a doctor or hospital did not follow the instructions in it, you may file a complaint with California State Department of Health.

What you need to do to follow up on a problem or concern depends on the situation. You might need to ask our plan to make a coverage decision for you, make an appeal to us to change a coverage decision, or make a complaint. Whatever you do—ask for a coverage decision, make an appeal, or make a complaint—we are required to treat you fairly.

You have the right to get a summary of information about the appeals and complaints that other members have filed against our plan in the past. To get this information, please call Member Services.

If it is about discrimination, call the Office for Civil Rights.

If you believe you have been treated unfairly or your rights have not been respected due to your race, disability, religion, sex, health, ethnicity, creed (beliefs), age, or national origin, you should call the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights at 1-800-368-1019 or TTY 1-800-537-7697, or call your local Office for Civil Rights.

As a member of CCA Medicare Excel, you have the right to get several kinds of information from us. (As explained above in Section 1.1, you have the right to get information from us in a way that works for you. This includes getting the information in languages other than English and in large print or other alternate formats.)

If you want any of the following kinds of information, please call Member Services.

  • Information about our plan. This includes, for example, information about the plan’s financial condition.
  • Information about our network providers and pharmacies. You have the right to get information about the qualifications of the providers and pharmacies in our network and how we pay the providers in our
  • Information about your coverage and the rules you must follow when using your coverage. Chapters 3 and 4 of the Evidence of Coverage provide information regarding medical Chapters 5 and 6 provide information about Part D prescription drug coverage.
  • Information about why something is not covered and what you can do about it. Chapter 9 of the Evidence of Coverage provides information on asking for a written explanation on why a medical service or Part D drug is not covered or if your coverage is Chapter 9 also provides information on asking us to change a decision, also called an appeal.

You have the right to know your treatment options and participate in decisions about your health care

  • You have the right to get full information from your doctors and other health care providers. Your providers must explain your medical condition and your treatment choices in a way that you can
  • You also have the right to participate fully in decisions about your health care. To help you make decisions with your doctors about what treatment is best for you, your rights include the following:
    • To know about all of your choices. You have the right to be told about all of the treatment options that are recommended for your condition, no matter what they cost or whether they are covered by our plan. It also includes being told about programs our plan offers to help members manage their medications and use drugs safely.
    • To know about the risks. You have the right to be told about any risks involved in your care. You must be told in advance if any proposed medical care or treatment is part of a research You always have the choice to refuse any experimental treatments.
  • The right to say “no.” You have the right to refuse any recommended treatment. This includes the right to leave a hospital or other medical facility, even if your doctor advises you not to You also have the right to stop taking your medication. Of course, if you refuse treatment or stop taking medication, you accept full responsibility for what happens to your body as a result.
  •  You have the right to give instructions about what is to be done if you are not able to make medical decisions for yourself
  • Sometimes people become unable to make health care decisions for themselves due to accidents or serious illness. You have the right to say what you want to happen if you are in this situation. This means that, if you want to, you can:
    • Fill out a written form to give someone the legal authority to make medical decisions for you if you ever become unable to make decisions for yourself.
    • Give your doctors written instructions about how you want them to handle your medical care if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.
  • The legal documents that you can use to give your directions in advance in these situations are called “advance directives.” There are different types of advance directives and different names for them.

Documents called “living will” and “power of attorney for health care” are examples of advance directives.

  • If you want to use an “advance directive” to give your instructions, here is what to do:
    • Get the You can get an advance directive form from your lawyer, from a social worker, or from some office supply stores. You can sometimes get advance directive forms from organizations that give people information about Medicare. You can also contact Member Services to ask for the forms.
    • Fill it out and sign Regardless of where you get this form who can, keep in mind that it is a legal document. You should consider having a lawyer help you prepare it.
    • Give copies to appropriate You should give a copy of the form to your doctor and to the person you name on the form as the one to make decisions for you if you can’t. You may want to give copies to close friends or family members as well. Keep a copy at home.
  • If you know ahead of time that you are going to be hospitalized, and you have signed an advance directive, take a copy with you to the hospital.
    • The hospital will ask you whether you have signed an advance directive form and whether you have it with you.
    • If you have not signed an advance directive form, the hospital has forms available and will ask if you want to sign one.
  • Remember, it is your choice whether you want to fill out an advance directive (including whether you want to sign one if you are in the hospital). According to law, no one can deny you care or discriminate against you based on whether you have signed an advance directive.

For additional Advanced Directive information, you can access http://oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/adv_hc_dir

•      What if your instructions are not followed?

    • If you have signed an advance directive, and you believe that a doctor or hospital did not follow the instructions in it, you may file a complaint with California State Department of Health.

If you have any problems, concerns, or complaints and need to request coverage, or make an appeal, Chapter 9 of the Evidence of Coverage tells what you can do. Whatever you do – ask for a coverage decision, make an appeal, or make a complaint – we are required to treat you fairly.

If it is about discrimination, call the Office for Civil Rights

If you believe you have been treated unfairly or your rights have not been respected due to your race, disability, religion, sex, health, ethnicity, creed (beliefs), age, sexual orientation, or national origin, you should call the

Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights at 1-800- 368-1019 or TTY 1-800-537-7697, or call your local Office for Civil Rights.

Is it about something else?

If you believe you have been treated unfairly or your rights have not been respected, and it’s not about discrimination, you can get help dealing with the problem you are having:

  • You can call Member Services.
  • You can call the SHIP. For details, go to Chapter 2, of the Evidence of Coverage.
  • Or, you can call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY 1-877-486-2048).

There are several places where you can get more information about your rights:

  • You can call Member Services
  • You can call the SHIP. For details about this organization and how to contact it, go to Chapter 2, of the Evidence of Coverage.
  • You can contact Medicare.
    • You can visit the Medicare website to read or download the publication “Medicare Rights & ” (The publication is available at:

www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11534-Medicare-Rights-and- Protections.pdf)

    • Or, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

You have some responsibilities as a member of the plan

Things you need to do as a member of the plan are listed below. If you have any questions, please call Member Services.

  • Use your Evidence of Coverage to learn what is covered for you and the rules you need to follow to get your covered services.
    • Chapters 3 and 4 give the details about your medical
  • Chapters 5 and 6 give the details about your Part D prescription drug coverage.

Please call Member Services to let us know

  • We are required to follow rules set by Medicare to make sure that you are using all of your coverage in combination when you get your covered services from our plan. This is called “coordination of benefits” because it involves coordinating the health and drug benefits you get from our plan with any other health and drug benefits available to you. We’ll help you coordinate your benefits. (For more information about coordination of benefits, go to Chapter 1 of the Evidence of Coverage .)
  • If you have any other health insurance coverage or prescription drug coverage in addition to our plan, you are required to tell us. Chapter 1 tells you about coordinating these benefits.
  • Show your plan membership card whenever you get your medical care or Part D prescription drugs.

Help your doctors and other providers help you by giving them information, asking questions, and following through on your care.

  • To help get the best care, tell your doctors and other health providers about your health problems. Follow the treatment plans and instructions that you and your doctors agree
  • Make sure your doctors know all of the drugs you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and
  • If you have any questions, be sure to ask and get an answer you can understand.

We expect all our members to respect the rights of other patients. We also expect you to act in a way that helps the smooth running of your doctor’s office, hospitals, and other offices.

As a plan member, you are responsible for these payments:

  • You must continue to pay a premium for your Medicare Part B to remain a member of the plan.
  • For most of your medical services or drugs covered by the plan, you must pay your share of the cost when you get the service or drug.
  • If you disagree with our decision to deny coverage for a service or drug, you can make an Please see Chapter 9 of your Evidence of Coverage for information about how to make an appeal.
  • If you are required to pay a late enrollment penalty, you must pay the penalty to keep your prescription drug coverage.

If you are going to move, it’s important to tell us right away so we can keep your membership record up to date and know how to contact.

 

  • Chapter 1 of the Evidence of Coverage tells about our service ) We can help you figure out whether you are moving outside our service area. If you are leaving our service area, you will have a Special Enrollment Period when you can join any Medicare plan available in your new area. We can let you know if we have a plan in your new area.
  • If you move, it is also important to tell Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board).

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a member of CCA Medicare Excel (HMO)

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