Health Alliance Plan Offers Free 'Making Sense of Medicare' Booklet
DETROIT -- November 15, 2010 -- Confused about Medicare? The new Health Alliance Plan (HAP) "Making Sense of Medicare" booklet is a free, no-obligation educational resource for anyone with questions about Medicare or how the federal health care reform law affects Medicare beneficiaries.
"Every year we recommend Medicare beneficiaries do a personal health assessment. Have their health needs changed and, if so, do they need to change their plans? This year it is especially important to people notified that their current coverage will not continue in 2011. The first Baby Boomers turn 65 in December, and will be taking a look at Medicare plans for the first time. HAP provides educational tools for beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers about Medicare options, how they work, and what to consider as beneficiaries make their decisions for 2011," said Karen Wintringham, HAP vice president, Medicare Programs.
For most beneficiaries purchasing individual Medicare plans, the Medicare annual enrollment period begins on November 15 for coverage effective January 1, 2011. For beneficiaries who were notified that their plan is being terminated for 2011, they will have more time to consider a new plan and can begin enrolling now, for coverage effective January 1.
HAP's "Making Sense of Medicare" booklet contains general information about Medicare, changes as a result of health care reform, and the Medicare Advantage plans, stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans, and Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans.
Consumers may obtain a free copy of "Making Sense of Medicare" by calling 800-971-7878.