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A trusted source of information about Medicare was created by, which itself was created in 1994 and is one of the longest running sources of in-depth information about health insurance for consumers.

A Medicare site is born

Founder Chuck Smith-Dewey created as a resource for Americans who – for whatever reason – had difficulty obtaining affordable health insurance (also known as medical insurance) in the individual health insurance market. He was inspired to create the site through his own experiences, witnessing the struggle of friends and family who had found it impossible or nearly impossible to get health coverage on the private market.

Chuck knew there were millions of Americans who faced that struggle and he focused on the singular goal of providing resources to help consumers understand the individual health insurance market and become more informed insurance buyers. Today, the site features an extensive library of articles explaining the basics of health insurance, a glossary of health insurance terms and a state-by-state guide to health insurance resources.

This site – devoted to Medicare – was a natural extension of’s original goal. With an estimated 10,000 Americans enrolling in Medicare each day and the number of beneficiaries expected to double over the next 20 years, there’s a clear need for comprehensive, authoritative information about Medicare’s maze of coverage options.

Our focus

This site is built on the same formula as its sister site, including:

Our team of experts

And, like, this site’s content is authored by a team of veteran healthcare writers who know the health insurance industry, understand the political battles over healthcare – and, most importantly, who know the needs of consumers.

Wendell Potter




Josh Schultz


Linda Bergthold


Bruce Carlson


Contributors to the site include Louise Norris, who brings a broker’s perspective to her extensive coverage of the Medicare market; health insurance industry insider, whistleblower and reform analyst Wendell Potter; Medicare and health policy expert Josh Schultz; health policy educator/expert Harold Pollack; Linda Bergthold, advisor to both the Clinton and Obama administrations; and policy historian Bruce Carlson.

We actively seek guests posts from organizations that share our common goals: to educate Americans about Medicare and to give them a thorough understanding of how the ACA will make changes to Medicare.’s team

The site’s content is managed and promoted by a team that includes Smith-Dewey, Chief Operating Officer Carol Cooksley, Content Manager Steve Anderson, and Senior Graphic Designer Barbara Etzkorn.

We aren’t afraid to bite the hand that feeds us

We get compensated by partners who offer quoting services on our site. This allows us to hire bright people, invest in a robust technology platform to deliver this site for you, and continue our mission to make Medicare coverage more understandable and available to more people.

We aren’t a non-profit, but we have the heart and soul of one. No one in the health insurance or Medicare industries have any editorial control over our site. The editors of continue a long-standing mission to be watchdogs of the industry. Views expressed are those of our editors, and may not be shared by other sites we link to or partner with. Advocacy or opinion pieces are issue-specific, and should not be considered an endorsement of any particular elected official, political party or ideology.

Opinions by our bloggers and other writers are those of the bylined author and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of While we sometimes strive to be provocative, we always seek to be fair, accurate and complete in our coverage.

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