Medicare: How to Find Answers

Jun 5th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Senior Citizen Journal now enjoys over 1350 pages of information helpful to seniors and Baby Boomers as we try to age productively.  We are pushing 110,000 visitors, and that means people are coming to SCJ looking for something.  Many of the search terms include Medicare and Social Security, so here is another guide to learning about Medicare that our editors think you might find helpful.

  • There are different types of health insurance available to seniors.  That includes Medicare Parts A, B, C, D.  SCJ has described these in detail  in a previous article.  To summarize, these four parts cover services to seniors in hospital (Part A), in doctor/medical offices (Part B), privately offered senior health care known as Medicare Advantage (Part C), and prescription drug services (Part D).  Seniors living on a fixed income that is low enough to qualify may be covered by Medicaid.
  • Seniors can also buy their own health care insurance, some of which is advertised at rates lower than Medicare.  Seniors are cautioned to look very carefully at these plans and seek the advice of a trusted family member or financial advisor before committing to purchase.  One’s ability to move to a Medicare plan if you are dissatisfied with a plan outside the Medicare program may be compromised if it is initially denied.
  • A number of online tools such as this one are available to help seniors and budding-seniors find just the right Medicare or senior health insurance program for them.  Online assistance is 24/7 so you can make it convenient for you to do your searching and researching before you make a decision about what health insurance plan is the best one for you.


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  1. [...] This is commonly known as the open enrollment period. During this time, you can switch to another Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) or to another Medicare plan, including Medicare Advantage to traditional Medicare and vice [...]

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