- medicareresources.org CEO and Founder
- September 13, 2016
Are you ready for Medicare Open Enrollment?
Turning 65 soon? Or have a parent who is?
If you’re not yet enrolled in Medicare – and even if Medicare isn’t in your immediate future – there’s no time like the present to learn about its coverage options.
With a growing population of Medicare beneficiaries, it’s likely you’ll end up helping a friend or family member navigate Medicare’s confusing maze of coverage options and ultimately enroll in Medicare. But the options aren’t limited to enrollment.
While it’s pretty well understood that most folks generally enroll when they turn 65, it’s not as well known that there are opportunities – though limited – to switch Medicare coverage once you’re enrolled. (Read why Wendell Potter’s mother made the switch back to Original Medicare.)
Regardless of whether you’re new to Medicare or tweaking your coverage, medicareresources.org is your guide through that maze, featuring an extensive collection of resources:
- a guide to Medicare’s plan options and benefits, from eyeglasses to hospital beds and hospice care;
- an explanation of the gaps in its coverage
- eligibility and enrollment guidelines;
- a glossary of Medicare terms;
- answers to the most frequently asked questions;
- links to dozens of resources, including providers and plans that are right for your needs.
The health of Medicare
Despite critics’ claims that the ACA would weaken Medicare, the ACA has had the opposite effect. According to a 2014 report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the ACA “substantially improved [Medicare’s] financial outlook” The Medicare trust fund is now expected to remain solvent until 2030, which is 13 years beyond what was projected without the ACA.
Medicare has also been strengthened through ACA’s addition of free preventive services – including immunizations, mammograms, and other cancer screenings. The prescription drug “donut hole” is also continuing to shrink and will be eliminated by 2020.
That’s all good news, considering that millions of Americans now pay into Medicare through payroll taxes and are anxiously waiting to become eligible for its benefits.