Planning is underway for the third annual National Medicare Education Week, but remember — learning about your Medicare coverage options shouldn't be limited to just one week of the year. Our virtual presentation covers the same information that was presented at our National Medicare Education Week events — and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home. During the presentation, you'll learn lots of useful information, including:
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In fact, you've got lots of company. Medicare is complex, and research has shown that many people find it to be confusing. According to the Medicare Made Clear Index, a survey of 1,000 older adults that was conducted in 2013, 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older described Medicare as confusing, and most could not correctly identify the health care expenses that Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover.
That's one of the main reasons UnitedHealthcare created National Medicare Education Week. We're committed to making Medicare easier to understand for the more than 50 million people who are currently enrolled as well as those who will be enrolling in the years ahead. And there are a lot of them out there.
The number of people enrolled in Medicare is skyrocketing as the baby boomer generation ages. Every day, about 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare.1 That's one every eight seconds. As the Medicare population grows, the number of people in need of clear, easy-to-understand information about the program grows as well. National Medicare Education Week is one way we're helping to meet this need.
1 U.S. Census Bureau
UnitedHealthcare created National Medicare Education Week (Sept. 15-21) in 2012 to inspire and encourage baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to become educated about their Medicare health care options. By creating an official week dedicated to Medicare education, UnitedHealthcare rallies millions of people to spend time learning about Medicare and their health care coverage options.
Because we serve nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to the health and well-being of older adults and other beneficiaries. We're fortunate to have the support of other national and local companies and organizations that share our commitment to Medicare beneficiaries. In 2013, National Medicare Education Week was supported by AARP, Ameriprise Financial, the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Target, Walgreens, Walmart and Sam's Club, as well as many health care providers, senior centers and local organizations dedicated to the needs of an aging population.
Check out this video that captures some of the highlights from National Medicare Education Week 2013.
Learning about Medicare shouldn't be limited to just one week of the year. Taking the time to review your coverage options and stay informed about Medicare may help you feel better prepared to enroll in Medicare for the first time or make confident health care decisions during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7). Use this checklist to help you learn more about Medicare.
|Start with the Basics: Mastering the basics of the Medicare program will help you feel prepared to find the coverage that's right for you. Check out the Learn about Medicare page, watch the Medicare Overview video or get familiar with some terms in the Glossary.|
|Ask the Right Questions: Medicare isn't one-size-fits-all. You have lots of options as you're deciding which coverage is right for you. But those options can sometimes feel overwhelming. Make it easier by asking yourself some key questions that will help you determine your needs. This page is a good place to start.|
|Prepare: You have an opportunity to make changes to your Medicare coverage each year during the Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7). Be ready to make decisions about your coverage options. Visit the Coverage Examples page to see how four Medicare beneficiaries chose their plans. Or watch the videos about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D as well as Medicare supplement insurance to get ready to make your choices.|
|"Virtually" Attend an Educational Event: UnitedHealthcare hosted educational events in select cities during National Medicare Education Week. Click here to watch the presentation from the comfort of your home.|
|Go Straight to the Source: You can call Medicare 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048) to speak with a representative who can answer your questions or send you the Medicare and You handbook. You can also connect with Medicare online at Medicare.gov.|
|Read a Medicare Guide: You can order or download a Medicare Made Clear guide. Download the guide here.|
|Get Help in Your Community: Visit your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) office to speak with a representative who can offer one-on-one support, answer your questions and help you understand your health care choices.|
|Be a Resource: UnitedHealthcare, along with the supporters of National Medicare Education Week – AARP, Ameriprise Financial, the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Target, Walgreens, Walmart and Sam's Club – encourage you to think about friends and loved ones who are enrolled in Medicare such as parents, grandparents and neighbors. You could have an important role to play in helping them with their health care coverage decisions.|
Check out these resources that can help guide you through your Medicare learning experience.
UnitedHealthcare was fortunate to have the support of many organizations and companies for National Medicare Education Week in 2013, including AARP, Ameriprise Financial, the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Target, Walgreens, Walmart and Sam's Club. We've joined together with these organizations to encourage Medicare beneficiaries as well as their caregivers and family members to learn more about Medicare.