| Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Q&A: What Are Your Top Medicare Questions?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

national medicare education weekAbout this time each year, you probably start to get a lot of mail and see a lot of ads about Medicare. As Open Enrollment gets closer—it starts October 15—this activity may only increase.

It’s tempting to toss the mail and ignore the ads out of sheer frustration, yet Medicare Open Enrollment is when you get to exercise your right as a health care consumer. Just like any significant purchase, such as a car or a TV, for example, you get to choose Medicare coverage that is a good fit for your needs and budget. And you get to do it every year. Because things change, right?

So where do you start? How do you find the information you need in all the paper and noise coming at you?

Here’s the good news. This week is National Medicare Education Week when educational events are held across the country. And if you can’t get to an event, you can view the Medicare presentation online. The presentation addresses these 10 common Medicare questions:

1. Who is eligible for Medicare?

2. What are my coverage options?

3. How much does Medicare cost?

4. How do I know what plan is right for me?

5. Once I am covered by Medicare, are there ways to help me save money?

6. When and how do I sign up?

7. What if I work past age 65?

8. How is Medicare affected by health reform?

9. What are my next steps in finding a plan?

10. Where can I find more information?

Participants also have an opportunity to get answers to their specific questions at live events and—for Twitter users—at a Medicare Made Clear tweetup on Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST.

View the presentation now, and take the short quiz that follows it to check your understanding. Then join us at the tweetup!

Learn more about National Medicare Education Week and how you can take part.

National Medicare Education Week is supported by AARP, Ameriprise Financial, the Caregiver Action Network, the 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.

Resources:

Medicare & You: Get the U.S. government’s official Medicare handbook.

Show Me Guide: Get help understanding Medicare choices and finding a plan to fit your needs.

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