ABCs of Medicare; open enrollment starts Oct. 15

This post may be of interest to those who have family members on Medicare, and probably of most interest to adult children who are new caregivers to parents as this audience probably has little awareness of the ins-and-outs of Medicare.

We are in the midst of National Medicare Education Week (ends on Wed., Sept. 21st), and Medicare Open Enrollment starts on Oct. 15th.

Besides a short article in Huffington Post that offers a quick overview of Medicare Parts A-D, there are two other good sources of Medicare info:

1-, a website

2- HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program), a terrific resource for Medicare and MediCal (what Medicaid is called in California) info.  In California, you can find HICAP resources by county.  Start here and then click on “Services by County”:

In other states, HICAP might be called SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).  You can likely find contact info on SHIP resources by contacting the local area agency on aging.

Here’s a link to the short article on the “ABCs of Medicare”:

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The ABCs Of Medicare For Caregivers
Huffington Post
Dr. Efrem Castillo, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement
09/12/2016 12:17 pm 

Happy reading!