National Medicare Education Week is Sept. 15-21Posted by Medicare Made Clear
National Medicare Education Week (Sept. 15-21) is dedicated to helping baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers learn more about Medicare. It begins exactly one month before the start of Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year.
During National Medicare Education Week, UnitedHealthcare hosts educational events around the country. Attendees learn about Medicare through an interactive presentation and educational materials that they can take home. They can also speak one-on-one with local Medicare experts. The events are educational only—no sales pitches allowed!
Check now to see if there are National Medicare Education Week events in your area. Here is a sample of what the presentation at the events covers:
- The different types of Medicare coverage and how to determine what coverage is right for you;
- How and when to enroll in Medicare, including tips for people who choose to delay enrolling in Medicare past age 65;
- The impact of health reform on Medicare; and
- Where to go for more information.
According to a 2013 UnitedHealthcare survey, 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries describe Medicare as confusing. Most are not able to correctly identify the health care expenses that Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover. In addition, baby boomers in their early 60s who are approaching Medicare eligibility also struggle to understand the program—70 percent describe their understanding of Medicare as “fair” or “poor.”
If this describes you, then learn more about National Medicare Education Week and how you can take part.
National Medicare Education Week is an extension of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Made Clear initiative. Proud supporters of National Medicare Education Week include AARP, Ameriprise Financial, Caregiver Action Network, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Safeway, Target, Walgreens, Walmart and Sam’s Club.
For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or 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.
NationalMedicareEducationWeek.com: Learn more about the week and what you can expect.
Medicare.gov: Visit the official U.S. government website for Medicare.