| Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Family Caregivers are Frontline Medicare Advocates

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

senior woman in wheelchair with caregiverBy John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

In the doctor’s office or at home, in the hospital or at the pharmacy, family caregivers are the only people who are consistently present with their loved ones across all care settings. Caregivers are often the ones who manage medications, perform sophisticated nursing tasks in the home, handle insurance, and help their loved ones determine and articulate their health treatment goals.

On top of that, caregivers frequently may be called upon to help their loved ones find the Medicare plan that may be best for them. And who better to help with this important decision than the person who knows the most about your loved one – you.

Medicare may not fall among your favorite things to think about. It has the reputation of being complicated, and many Americans under age 65 just don’t want to think about it. Medicare might be years away for you personally, but you may need to understand it now if your loved one asks you for help.

National Medicare Education Week is here to help you! Running from September 15 to 21, UnitedHealthcare set aside this special week to help people make confident, informed decisions about their Medicare coverage.

When your loved one first enrolls in Medicare, you can help them choose the coverage they need. You can also help modify coverage every year after that during Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7).

Family caregivers who understand how Medicare works will likely find it easier to help their loved one get the coverage that is the best fit for their health needs and budget. Thankfully, you and your loved one don’t have to make these important decisions alone. There are many free resources to boost your Medicare savvy.

At CaregiverAction.org, you’ll find information to help you, the caregiver. The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) webinar, Understanding Medicare, created in collaboration with UnitedHealthcare, is ideal for those looking to educate themselves about Medicare. Created specifically for National Medicare Education Week, this caregiver-focused presentation is designed to address the unique needs of family caregivers who help their loved ones navigate their Medicare enrollment decisions. You can also find up-to-date resources and tools by visiting MedicareMadeClear.com.

Conclusion

The goal of National Medicare Education Week is to help make Medicare easier to understand. The purpose of CAN is to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones. That’s why CAN considers it so important to support National Medicare Education Week.

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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