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2011 Healthcare Reform and Medicare

This downloadable (PDF) brochure provides a variety of Medicare information for Arkansas residents, including definitions, enrollment information, and SHIP contacts.

Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging works to develop a coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps the elderly maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

Alabama Department of Senior Services

Medicare resources (state health insurance assistance program) and more for Alabama’s older population.

Alabama Medicaid Agency

The state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, disabled individuals and nursing home residents – has income and other requirements.

Avoiding Medicare Fraud

A federal government site devoted to fighting Medicare fraud and including links to tools, videos, press materials, and contact numbers for reporting Medicare fraud.

Benefits.gov

Benefits.gov was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The program’s mission is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information. The site’s core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or “Benefit Finder.” Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor’s situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for more than 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. Each program description provides citizens with the next steps to apply for any benefit program of interest.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The official site of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides a wealth of information about Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as a variety of related topics, including updates on health reform.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The page, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers information about Medicare and other resources and focuses on the American Indian or Alaskan native.

Closing the Prescription Drug Coverage Gap (PDF)

Information about the Medicare Part D prescription drug “donut hole” and a $250 rebate.

CMS Medicare & You Handbook for 2011

The federal government’s official source of answers to Medicare-related questions.

Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program

Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries with questions about Medicare.

Connecticut CHOICES Program

Connecticut CHOICES Program – provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries with questions.

Division of Health Care Financing and Policy – Medicaid

Division of Health Care Financing and Policy – Medicaid works in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assist in providing quality medical care for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and limited resources.

End Stage Renal Disease Disease (ESRD) Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services devotes a section of its site to end stage renal disease resources.

Fight Back: Medical Identity and Medicare Fraud Brochure

Download this publication of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and U.S. Department of Justice.

Get Your Medicare Questions Answered

A list of important health care phone numbers, including the Medicare main number, Medicare counseling, state assistance, Social Security, benefits information, fraud inquiries and more

Guide to Buying Medicare Supplement and Advantage Plans (PDF)

This guide, from Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services, helps consumers decide what health coverage fits them best, and provides an overview of Medicare plans, benefits, out-of-pocket costs, etc.

Insurance Programs (Utah Department of Human Services)

This site provides an overview of Medicare A, Medicare B, supplements to Medicare, downloadable supplemental insurance, home- and community-based waivers, low-income Medicare beneficiary program, qualified Medicare beneficiary program, and long-term care insurance.

Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program

Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program – can provide answers to questions on Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long term care insurance and other health insurance issues.

Kansas Medicare

Wheatlands Administrative Services, a new subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, conducts Medicare business on behalf of the state.

Medicaid in New York State

Medicaid in New York State works in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assist in providing quality medical care for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and limited resources.

Medicare & You Handbook 2010 (PDF)

The official U.S. government Medicare consumer handbook.

Medicare Advantage Resource Page (Texas Department of Insurance)

The Texas Department of Insurance guide to Medicare Advantage in Texas, including information about beneficiary rights and consumer tips.

Medicare Appeals & Grievances

A guide to your appeal rights and information about how to appeal any decision regarding your Medicare services. Links to appeals forms.

Medicare Help in Vermont

This site lists all Vermont Area Agencies on Aging and provides contact information. Area Agencies on Aging help seniors locate Medicare programs, determine eligibility and enroll. Also provided educational programs on enrolling in Medicare including Medicare Part D.

 

Medicare in Nevada

SHIP Volunteers offer FREE one-on-one assistance-and-counseling with respect to many problems seniors encounter regarding Medicare, supplemental health insurance and long-term care options.

Medicare information from California State Department of Aging

State government resources for Californians needing help with Medicare and other government health insurance programs on federal, state and local levels.

Medicare information from California State Department of Aging

State government resources for Californians needing help with Medicare and other government health insurance programs on federal, state and local levels.

Medicare Physician and Healthcare Provider Directory

Medicare.gov’s searchable database of health care providers.

Medicare Plan Finder

Medicare.gov’s tool allows you to search and compare coverage options available in your area.

Medicare Plans and Formularies

View Medicare plans and formularies in your area.

Medicare Premiums, Deductibles for 2012

A comprehensive list of out-of-pocket charges for Arkansas Medicare beneficiaries.

medicare.gov

Medicare.gov is the U.S. government’s compendium of Medicare-related information, including up-to-date information about Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medigap, Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and beyond.

Medicare.gov – The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare

The official U.S. government site provides a variety of resources, including plan and eligiblity information.

Medicare.gov Publications

Search for Medicare-related publications, including “Medicare & You 2010,” “ 2010 Choosing A Medigap Policy: A Guide To Health Insurance For People With Medicare,” “Women and Heart Disease,” “Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home,” and “Your Medicare Benefits.”

My Medicare

An interactive portal containing personalized information for Medicare enrollees.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging and a champion for Title VI Native American aging programs. Through advocacy, training and technical assistance, the organization supports the national network of 629 AAAs and 246 Title VI programs.

National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care

A site that provides information and resources to help families plan for long-term care needs.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information

The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help seniors and their families plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs.

National Family Caregiver Support Program

This site offers information related to all aspects of aging, including "elders" and "caregivers" pages that provide information and assistance on supportive services available in the community.

Partners for Health Insurance

South Carolina’s program to provide Medicare coverage to children 18 and under who live in families with income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level

Prescription Drug Coverage: Common Situations

Review a collection of common situations faced by Medicare policy holders who are considering prescription drug coverage.

Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisors Program

Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisors Program – services for Idaho citizens on Medicare.

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)

Directory of SHIBA advisors throughout Washington State who provide information about Medicare health care coverage and access. Access to Insurance Consumer Hotline to assist with questions or complaints, locate health insurance polices, and refer the uninsured and underinsured to other options.

The Affordable Care Act: New Tools to Fight Fraud, Strengthen Medicare and Protect Taxpayer Dollars

A press release from HealthReform.gov outlines Medicare fraud prevention tools and provisions of the Affordable Care Act that expand consumer protections.

Utah Department of Human Services: Insurance Programs

Medicare, Medicaid and long term health insurance information.

Your Medicare Benefits (PDF)

54-page U.S. government booklet explains the services and supplies covered under Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.


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