Helping Someone with Medicare Decisions? We Can Make It a Little EasierPosted by Medicare Made Clear
By John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network
If you’re a family caregiver, you have many responsibilities. You play a critically important role in the lives of your loved ones. You manage medications. You arrange doctor appointments. You handle the finances, and countless other daily tasks. And, as if you don’t already have more than enough to do, often times you’ll also be called upon to aid your loved one in finding the best Medicare plan.
Medicare may be challenging to ponder, and that’s one reason many Americans under age 60 may not want to think about it. Needing Medicare may be something that is years away – out of sight, out of mind – and you may feel you have lots of time before you really need to figure it out. However, you may need to understand Medicare sooner than you think if your parents ask you to help choose the right Medicare plan for them.
Many people find Medicare confusing, and most are not familiar with what Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D cover.1 In fact, many people aged 60-64 – who are on the cusp of Medicare eligibility themselves and are already caregivers helping aging relatives make Medicare decisions – lack a solid understanding of the program. According to a survey, more than half of family caregivers say they are interested in getting help with Medicare plan selection.2
Luckily, there is a time of year specifically for you – National Medicare Education Week. The goal of NMEW, from September 15 to 21, is to help you improve your understanding of the Medicare program.
Family caregivers who understand how Medicare works may find it easier to help their care recipient find the coverage that is the best fit for their health needs and budget. So where can family caregivers turn to evaluate Medicare coverage that best meets their loved one’s needs?
CAN connects caregivers to resources, advice and information that helps family caregivers take care of themselves and their loved ones. CAN continually strives to make life a little easier for family caregivers, which is why CAN considers it so important to partner with UnitedHealthcare to support National Medicare Education Week. Medicare is complicated, but we can help make it much simpler to understand.
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.
1 Medicare Made Clear Index Survey, UnitedHealthcare, August 2013.
2 NFCA/Allsup Family Caregiver Survey, October 2011.