| Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Family Caregivers, Do You Need Help Understanding Medicare?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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By John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

Medicare may not be as “easy as ABC,” or 1-2-3 for that matter. In fact, the Medicare program has four parts—A , B, C and D! 

Medicare is a complex topic. And people under age 60 may not want to think about it, assuming they have several years before they need to figure it out. Yet many baby boomers are family caregivers and may find they are unprepared to help aging relatives make Medicare decisions.

Family caregivers may need to learn about Medicare very quickly. I know I did. If you are a family caregiver, where can you turn for help evaluating and choosing Medicare coverage that best fits your loved one’s needs?

National Medicare Education Week is Sept. 15-22

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) connects caregivers to resources, advice and information to help family caregivers take care of themselves – and their loved ones. That’s why CAN considers it so important to partner with UnitedHealthcare to sponsor National Medicare Education Week, September 15-22. The goal of National Medicare Education Week is to help you improve your understanding of the Medicare program.

CAN’s mission and the goals of National Medicare Education Week align perfectly. Maybe we will never be able to make Medicare as “easy as ABC,” but we can try to help make it simpler to understand. And that may help make it a bit easier to be a family caregiver.

Find an Event in Your Community

So if you are a family caregiver wondering if you know enough to give your parents good Medicare advice, you might want to look into National Medicare Education Week and what it has to offer. For example, free Medicare education programs will take place in communities across the country—maybe in yours! Go to NMEW.com to learn more.

From my own experience, I know that family caregivers who understand Medicare may find it easier to help their loved ones. That is why I want to bring National Medicare Education Week to the attention of all family caregivers. Visit NMEW.com for more information, and go to CaregiverAction.org for help with family caregiving.

For more information, contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048. 

Resources

MedicareMadeClear.com: Learn about Medicare and get tools to help with decision making.

Medicare.gov: Visit the official U.S. government site for Medicare

 

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