Medicare Minutes are short, engaging presentations on current Medicare topics hosted by the Medicare Rights Center. Each month’s presentation is streamed live on your Medicare Interactive profile, and will help you learn more about your benefits and make the most of your Medicare coverage.
Visit www.medicareinteractive.org/medicare-minute to access our archive of presentations and attend any of the upcoming live presentations.
2023 Medicare Minute Schedule
What’s New in 2023?
Thursday, January 19, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
The new year is here! And with a new year comes changes to your Medicare costs and coverage. During this Medicare Minute, you’ll learn about new updates to Medicare and understand what to expect for the coming year.
Medicare Enrollment Periods
Thursday, February 16, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
You can only enroll in Medicare during certain times of the year. 2023 has brought many changes to Medicare, including to these enrollment periods. Join this month’s Medicare Minute to learn about the changes to your Medicare enrollment periods.
Medicare and Home Health Care
Thursday, March 16, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
There may be times when you are unable to leave the home to get medical care, and Medicare’s home health care benefit may be able to help. In this Medicare Minute, we’ll discuss times when Medicare covers home health care and what services are covered.
Speaking with Your Doctor
Thursday, April 20, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
Doctors’ appointments can sometimes be quick and confusing, leaving you with more questions than answers. Join us for this Medicare Minute to learn strategies for making the most of your medical appointments and becoming a stronger advocate for yourself.
Medicare and Mental Health Care
Thursday, May 18, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. This Mental Health Awareness Month, our Medicare Minute focuses on Medicare’s coverage of mental health services.
How to Afford Prescription Drug Costs
Thursday, June 15, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
The stress of affording your medication is a familiar feeling for too many people. In this Medicare Minute, we’ll review ways to make your prescription drugs more affordable—including cost assistance programs, helpful strategies to discuss with your doctor, and legislation that should lower everyone’s drug costs in the near future.
Medicare and Transportation Services
Thursday, July 20, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
Sometimes the toughest part of getting health care is not a procedure or the recovery time, but just getting to a doctor or hospital. From emergency ambulances to scheduled rides, this Medicare Minute reviews transportation options for your health care.
Thursday, August 17 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
Are your out-of-pocket costs adding up every time you go to the doctor? You may want to learn about Medigaps—the supplemental insurance policies that work with Original Medicare. During this Medicare Minute, you will learn the basics of Medigaps, how they compare to other coverage options, and when you can purchase one.
Fall Open Enrollment Period
Thursday, September 21, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
Fall Open Enrollment is the time of year when you can change your Medicare coverage, but knowing where to start can be tough. During this Medicare Minute, you’ll learn about the types of changes you can make and strategies to choose the coverage that best fits your needs for 2024.
Protecting Yourself from Marketing Violations
Thursday, October 19, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
Unlike Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D plans are sold by private companies. These companies must follow federally set marketing rules when trying to sell their plans to you. Join us for this Medicare Minute to learn about marketing rules, what violations look like, and how you can protect yourself from them.
Choosing Doctors and Facilities
Thursday, November 16, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
Whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you must choose your primary care provider, your specialists, and your health care facilities. With so many options, deciding where to go can feel daunting. In this Medicare Minute we’ll discuss some of the considerations to keep in mind when making these important health care choices.
Part D Appeals
Thursday, December 21, 2023 • 3:00 – 3:30 PM (EST)
Your prescription drugs are vital for your health and wellbeing, so what do you do when your Part D plan says it won’t cover your medication? In many cases, you should file an appeal to ask your plan to cover your drug. Join us for this Medicare Minute to feel more prepared and confident in appealing denials from your Part D plan.