| Fri, Sep 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Caregivers Need Help Understanding Medicare, Too

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

caregiver action networkBy John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program. As you may imagine, Medicare has changed a lot over the last 50 years.

You might not know that Medicare may make updates and changes to the program every year. This could make it challenging for family caregivers who are helping elderly loved ones choose a Medicare plan.

Medicare is tough enough to understand – on top of that there may be changes in coverage and new policies to learn about!

That’s why Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is a supporter of National Medicare Education Week. It’s important to help family caregivers learn what they need to know in order to help those they care for who are on Medicare.

National Medicare Education Week (Sept. 15 – 21) is a great time to learn. It comes right before Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7), which is the time of the year that Medicare beneficiaries can change their Medicare plans if they wish to.

My parents asked me to help them select a Medicare plan for their situation. Maybe yours asked you for help as well. But we are not born knowing the difference between Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, for example. And not many of us can rattle off the benefits of having a Medicare Advantage plan. As family caregivers, we need help, too!

CAN offers a free webinar called Understanding Medicare created just for you. It addresses the unique needs of family caregivers who help their loved ones navigate Medicare choices and enrollment decisions.

Family caregivers often have so much to worry about. We just want to help make understanding Medicare a little easier for you, so maybe you’ll have one less thing on your mind.

That’s why I want to bring National Medicare Education Week to the attention of all family caregivers. This is CAN’s fourth year supporting this initiative, and we’ve heard from thankful family caregivers across the country how much it has helped them with all sorts of questions about Medicare.

Check out online resources and local events happening during National Medicare Education Week for help making your Medicare choices for 2016. And go to CaregiverAction.org for help with family caregiving and to access the Understanding Medicare webinar.

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.

 

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