Medicare and You 2016 – What’s New This Year?

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What’s New in Medicare This Year and How to Access the Information

Medicare provides healthcare for over 50 millions Americans as it enters its 50th year of operation. This year some changes are occurring to help make understanding Medicare Programs and Plans a little easier.

The Medicare and You online guide is more user friendly than prior years. The table-of-contents pages of the guide now include blue links throughout. Click the links and you are directed immediately to the pages for topics you’re looking for.

Chalkboard with the word Medicare displayed in the middle

The Medicare and You 2016 guide is also being offered on E-readers like: iPad, NOOK, Sony Reader and Kindle. Utilizing one of these devices may be convenient for some people.

If an accessible format like Braille, large print or audio is what you need you can contact Medicare directly at 1-800-633-4227, TTY users 1-877-486-2048, or Medicare.gov.

There is a state-by-state guide to assisting you in finding programs, plans, doctors and other vital Medicare services. Contact Medicare directly and ask about SHIP – State Healthcare Insurance Assistance Plan.

You will also learn about the Blue Button.  This allows you to access your Medicare Part A and Part B records for the past 12-36 months. Go to MyMedicare.gov to activate your free Blue Button service.  Once signed up you can access the Blue Button website directly.

Don’t delay in selecting the Medicare Advantage Plan that is right for you. The December 7, 2015 deadline is approaching fast. If you choose a program that is not right for you, there is a disenrollment period that begins January 1, 2016 to February 16, 2016. Contact Medicare to see if you qualify for a change in your Medicare Advantage Program due to a change in need, location or insurance coverage.

 

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