AARP’s Medicare Starter Kit

Apr 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

AARP has done it again!  The April issue of AARP Bulletin is a Medicare Starter Kit, with invaluable information summarized and presented in understandable form.  Patricia Barry has been quoted more than once in SCJ articles, and her “Medicare Starter Kit” is just what Baby Boomers need to learn about the benefits available to us all at age 65.  You may have already received your copy of the April issue in the mail; SCJ recommends also looking at the issue online, for immediate links to valuable resources on the Internet.

Barry’s list of eight do’s and don’ts include

  1. Give yourself time to learn about Medicare
  2. Don’t expect to be notified when it’s time to sign up
  3. Enroll when you are supposed to
  4. Don’t despair if you haven’t worked long enough to qualify
  5. Don’t worry that poor health will affect your coverage
  6. Remember that Medicare is not free
  7. Don’t assume that Medicare covers everything
  8. Don’t expect Medicare to cover your dependents

The April issue also has an excellent article by Sally Abrahms called “Reinventing Home, Happy Together“.  This article describes how some Boomers are redefining how to live in retirement, including niche communities, cohousing, green houses, and village models.  Boomers have never followed the rules, and they surely won’t in retirement.  The many and varied ways BBs are redefining how to live are unique and creative.  Fascinating reading!

And, finally, the Op Ed column, In the Know, is written by Trudy Lieberman.  She is a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review and a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health.  Her article in the April AARP Bulletin is “The Missing Voices”.  She describes real people who would likely not survive without Social Security.  She says, “Voices like these from the kitchen table have been missing in the debate over Social Security.”  One-third of all beneficiaries now rely on Social Security for at least 90 percent of their income.  Her conclusion is chilling: 

“Social Security needs a different narrative–one that tells the story of its importance.  Without it, there’s a danger older people again will live on cookies.”  (AARP Bulletin, April, 2011)



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