Medicareresources.org was created by healthinsurance.org, 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 healthinsurance.org 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 healthinsurance.org 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 healthinsurance.org’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.
This site is built on the same formula as its sister site, including:
- a guide to the basics of Medicare coverage options, enrollment and eligibility
- an extensive collection of frequently asked questions about coverage
- a blog that provides expert analysis of the policy developments that are likely to affect Medicare coverage
- overviews of state-specific Medicare information
- a glossary of Medicare terms
Our team of experts
And, like healthinsurance.org, 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.
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 Lisa Zamosky, a national healthcare reporter whose interviewees have included President Obama; policy historian Bruce Carlson; and health policy blogger Rob Cullen.
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.
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 medicareresources.org 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.
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