Medicare Interactive (MI) Counselor, a FREE, independent online resource brought to you by the Medicare Rights Center, puts a world of clear, timely guidance about Medicare benefits and options right at your fingertips.
This one-of-a-kind tool provides easy-to-understand answers to the questions posed by nearly 45 million people with Medicare, as well as by the families, caregivers and professionals serving them. Drawing from the experience and best practices of the Medicare Rights Center’s expert case workers, lawyers, education professionals and health literacy specialists, MI Counselor
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- provides up-to-date answers to hundreds of questions, including
- How do I enroll in Medicare?
- What is not covered by Medicare?
- Will Medicare help me care for my loved one at home?
- How do I compare Medicare private drug plans?
- What can I do if I cannot afford the care I need, even with Medicare?
- explains critical coordination of benefits issues including
- how employer and retiree coverage work with Medicare;
- how state programs can cover critical services not covered by Medicare, like extended long-term care and prescription drugs not covered by “Part D”; (information for all 50 states);
- how state programs can help pay for Medicare’s out-of-pocket costs (information for all 50 states);
- provides income guidelines for state programs that coordinate with Medicare, like Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs and State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs;
- provides links to places to go for more information on benefits topics, including State Health Insurance Assistance Programs, Medicaid offices, Area Agencies on Aging and Departments of Insurance;
- is easy to search, enabling users to quickly find essential answers, case examples, related questions, and downloadable handouts.
About the Medicare Rights Center:
The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.
The Medicare Rights Center seeks recognition of health care as a basic human right and strives to safeguard this right for present and future generations. Guided by the struggles and stories of the men and women it serves, the Medicare Rights Center is committed to creating a stronger, more effective Medicare program, one that could be a model for delivering health care to all Americans.