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AAII's Guide to Top Web Sites

Medicare

Medicare currently provides health insurance coverage to those who are 65 or older, as well as certain individuals with disabilities. The Web offers extensive information on Medicare, but the sites listed here offer the best information relating to basic coverage issues, benefits offered, how to enroll and how to choose your options. Medicare’s website, listed below, even allows you to search for and compare plans.

 American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)  

   www.aarp.org
FREE

Where to Find: Click on Health in the upper menu (just below the AARP logo), then click on Medicare & Medicaid.
This area of the AARP site features current news on health care reform issues and Medicare developments. The Medicare Starter Kit gives guidance on how to get started with the program. A "doughnut-hole" calculator determines your annual out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and suggests alternative medications that may be cheaper. Questions on Medicare can be sent to the site and answers are posted online. Ads for other AARP services are prevalent, but not obtrusive.




 Medicare Interactive.org  

   www.medicareinteractive.org
FREE-$125/year
Provides comprehensive information on Medicare neatly organized into topics and subtopics, with related links pointing to detailed information. A free newsletter covering Medicare issues is offered. Medicare Rights University gives advice on how to enroll, file appeals and access nursing care (a subscription is required for this part, however).




 Medicare.gov  

   www.medicare.gov
FREE
Government website that offers an extensive collection of resources. The home page reports news affecting Medicare and includes commonly accessed resources and an especially useful collection of search tools that allow you to locate and compare Medicare prescription drug plans, Medigap (Medicare supplement insurance) and health plan policies, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and dialysis facilities. My Medicare (www.mymedicare.gov) is the official government secure online service for accessing your personal Medicare information. In order to use the service, you must be a registered user (requires a Medicare number).