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Many people start out learning about Medicare by helping their senior parents find health insurance coverage. Medicare can be confusing at first, and it’s not uncommon to find yourself up to the ears and knee-deep in information about Medicare. But you certainly don’t have to go about it alone. There are a number of great resources to help save you a lot of time and frustration. Before you get started, put these four tips into action when helping your parents prepare for Medicare.
If you’re calling Medicare on your parents’ behalf, they will need to fill out a Medicare “Authorization to Disclose Personal Information” form so that a Medicare representative can speak to you directly. Click here to download the form.
To help your parents navigate their Medicare options, it’s important to understand how Medicare works. Get started by clicking here to download or order the official U.S. government Medicare Handbook Medicare & You.
Browse Medicare.org, a Medicare resource for helping Medicare beneficiaries, seniors, caregivers, and family members understand Medicare-related topics such as:
Once you have a better understanding of how Medicare works, you may better know how to answer:
Is Original Medicare or Medicare offered by private insurance companies a better option?
For example, do you want to:
What types of benefits are needed? Does your parent need prescription drug coverage? What can be afforded? Have a conversation with your parents about their specific health insurance needs and take notes so you can communicate that information to a licensed sales agent. For help considering which questions to ask when having the conversation with your parents about Medicare, see: Useful Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in Medicare.
At any point, you may call a licensed sales agent to help you answer all of your Medicare-related questions. Their insurance expertise and access to multiple providers can help save you time, money, and your sanity when trying to navigate Medicare. Licensed sales agents are a useful – and free – resource. Click here to learn more about the benefits of using a licensed Medicare agent to help you pick your plan.
Call 888-815-3313 – TTY 711 to speak with a Medicare.org licensed sales agent and get help with answers to your Medicare-related questions. Standard call center hours of operation are Monday - Friday 5:00 am to 6:00 pm PT. During AEP, our extended hours are Monday - Saturday 5:00 am to 8:00 pm PT.
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Last Revised 11/15/2017