| Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

New Medicare Guides Provide Latest Information

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

New GuidesIt’s a new year, and that often means a few changes in Medicare. Changes may include new covered services, adjustments to out-of-pocket costs and more.

Medicare Made Clear offers two educational guides that may help you get up to speed on Medicare for 2013. Both are available to download free.


Show Me Guide

Show Me GuideThis is a comprehensive introduction to Medicare. It begins with a simple explanation of ten key facts for understanding the program. It goes on to talk about enrollment and the two ways you can get Medicare—through Original Medicare run by the federal government or through a private Medicare Advantage plan.

Once you’re through the basics, the Show Me Guide explains the parts of Medicare, what each covers and your cost-sharing responsibilities. Examples, colorful graphics and clear answers to common questions help make the information come to life. There’s even a decision road map to help you think through your Medicare needs and find a plan that works for you. The guide ends with a list of resources and a Medicare glossary.

This guide may help give you a solid foundation for understanding Medicare and your choices. It’s a great reference to keep in your Medicare file.


Getting Started With Medicare Guide

Getting StartedSome people like to get right to the point. They don’t need to know the details right away. They would rather get an overview and have the choice to go deeper. If you are one of these people, then the Getting Started With Medicare guide may be for you.

This guide covers the basics about Parts A, B, C and D as well as supplement insurance—one page for each. It provides a list of questions that may help you understand your coverage needs and make a confident choice. Then it gives you a worksheet to help you find and compare the plans you are interested in side by side.

Getting Started With Medicare is a hands-on tool. It walks you through the steps you can take to help find the plan that’s right for you.


Other Medicare Resources

You have many resources for learning about Medicare and your plan choices. Here’s a list of a few you may want to look into.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a national program that offers free one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families. SHIP offers telephone and face-to-face sessions as well as public education presentations and programs. Find contact information for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in your state at SHIPtalk.org.

Medicare & You

Medicare updates its official handbook, Medicare & You, each year. You can download a copy from the Medicare web site, a great source of information in itself. You may also call the Medicare Helpline to request a copy of the handbook. The number is 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Social Security Administration

For help with questions about eligibility, enrollment and arranging for help with the cost of Medicare, and for answers about Social Security retirement and disability benefits. You can call 1-800-772-1213, TTY 1-800-325-0778, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday.

Your Current Health Plan

Your health plan’s customer service center can answer any questions you may have about your current coverage. Call the number on your identification card.

For more information, 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. If you have questions about Medicare Made Clear, call 1-877-619-5582, TTY 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.


Medicare: Visit the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

Social Security Administration: Get information about retirement, disability and Medicare.

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