Free Guide to Medicare Changes Under New Health Law
from Consumer Reports
For those in Medicare or about to join, there are
important changes, including new benefits, since the Affordable Care Act
May 20, 2011 – A free guide to the changes in
Medicare created by the Affordable Care Act is available from
Consumer Reports. The 15-page guide is easily downloaded in pdf
format or can be ordered by phone.
The guide - “Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know
Now” – is for those about to reach age 65 and become eligible for
Medicare, or those that have used the program for years.
“This guide will help people navigate the changes
in Medicare and take full advantage of new services available under the
law,” said Jim Guest, President of Consumers Union, the nonprofit
publisher of Consumer Reports.
“Whether you have Medicare, you’re about to be
eligible, or have a loved one in the program, the guide helps you sort
through what’s new in today’s system. With new benefits such as drug
discounts and free health screenings available, this guide explains how
you can make the most of them.”
The 15-page guide, CU says, provides
“easy-to-understand” information about changes in Medicare:
● If you have Medicare and struggle with the
cost of prescription drugs, the guide explains the sizable drug
discounts now available when you reach the gap in Medicare drug plans
known as the “doughnut hole.”
● For those who have skipped preventive-care
visits to the doctor because they could not afford them, the guide
describes the free and low-cost coverage options for certain preventive
services, such as annual wellness visits, mammograms and prostate cancer
screenings, and flu shots.
● The guide explains the changes in Medicare
Advantage plans, such as new limits on your annual out-of-pocket costs.
● If you have relatively high income, the guide
takes you through important changes in what you pay.
● Beginning this year, the open enrollment
period for changing Medicare plans is starting and ending earlier, and
the guide helps you check the new dates and understand your options.
● If you are about to turn 65, you can find out
what you need to know before signing up for Medicare.
● The back of the guide offers an in-depth
resource section with contact information for key agencies that can
answer your specific questions about Medicare, including toll-free
numbers for help in every state.
“Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know Now” is
available free for a limited time -
Click here or call toll-free 1-855-CR-GUIDE.
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