The Caregivers’ Guide To Medicare Open Enrollment

The Annual Medicare Enrollment Period begins October 15 and ends December 7.

Medicare Open Enrollment is the time of year when seniors can sign up for Medicare Advantage (Part C) or Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D).

Medicare doesn’t cover all medical expenses, and seniors often find themselves paying out-of-pocket for many of their healthcare expenses. However, private insurance plans are available to help cover the cost of what Medicare doesn’t pay for. A Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) sometimes called "Part C" and Prescription Drug Coverage plans (Part D) are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. Open enrollment is the time when you can select a new plan, make changes to an existing plan, change prescription drug benefits, or opt out of private coverage altogether.

Understanding Medicare Open Enrollment

Time to Learn about Medicare Open Enrollment

Who is Eligible for Medicare?
Are you trying to determine if your aging parent qualifies for Medicare or one of its many parts? This quick guide can help you.

10 Things to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare Open enrollment is the time to make sure the plan you have now will be the best plan in the year ahead.

What Every Caregiver Should Know About Medicare
Millions of boomers will turn 65 in 2013 and will face the confusing task of enrolling in Medicare. Caregivers also face the daunting challenge of helping their elderly loved ones navigate the Medicare maze. Learn more about Medicare.

The 4 Parts of Medicare
A breakdown of the different parts of Medicare – Part A, B, C and D – including what each part covers.

Making Choices During Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment Choices

Tips for Choosing the Right Medicare Advantage Plan
Discover strategies for selecting the best Medicare Advantage plan for you during Medicare's Annual Election Period, which runs from October 15, 2013 until December 7, 2013.

What You Can Do During Open Enrollment
The decisions and changes in Medicare plans you make during open enrollment will impact your healthcare coverage next year.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work
Take the confusion out of buying Medicare Advantage (Part C) insurance.

10 Tips for Buying Medicare Insurance
Don’t be taken advantage of -- be cautious and arm yourself with as much information as possible before buying.

Options for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
There are two ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage. Which is right for you?

Be Prepared Before You Call

Prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment 2011

Information to Gather Before You Call Medicare
Having this information ready before you call will save time, and ensure you get the coverage that meets your needs.

Calling Medicare on Your Parent’s Behalf
In order for a caregiver to contact Medicare on their loved one’s behalf, you’ll need this form.

What Happens If You Miss Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Deadline?
What if you miss the deadline for Medicare Annual Enrollment? Does it mean you can't make any changes until next year?

Fraud and Scams

Medicare Fraud and Scams

4 Scams to Look Out For During Medicare Open Enrollment
Know the scams, get the facts. Protect yourself from these common scams.

5 Illegal Insurance Practices During Medicare Open Enrollment
Some salespeople use dishonest, misleading or illegal sales tactics. Here are some things insurance agents cannot do.

Medicare Fraud Costs Taxpayers Millions: How to Prevent It
Fraud costs the Medicare Program millions of dollars every year, which results in higher health care costs for everyone. Here's what you can do to help fight Medicare fraud.

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