Medicare For Dummies

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Manage the Medicare maze — from enrollment dates to plan options!

To get the most from Medicare, you need accurate information that steers you clear of bad advice and costly pitfalls. Medicare For Dummies is what you need to navigate Medicare successfully and get the best out of the complex system. AARP’s Medicare expert, Patricia Barry, gives you plain-language explanations of how Medicare works and what steps you need to take to make it work ...

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Overview

Manage the Medicare maze — from enrollment dates to plan options!

To get the most from Medicare, you need accurate information that steers you clear of bad advice and costly pitfalls. Medicare For Dummies is what you need to navigate Medicare successfully and get the best out of the complex system. AARP’s Medicare expert, Patricia Barry, gives you plain-language explanations of how Medicare works and what steps you need to take to make it work for you, including:

  • How you qualify for Medicare and when to enroll according to your personal situation
  • What Medicare covers and what it costs
  • Ways to reduce out-of-pocket expenses
  • Tips for dealing with doctors and switching plans

You'll even get information about proposed changes to Medicare that you should know about and tips for staying healthy. If you're one of the millions of Americans looking to get the lowdown on Medicare, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118532782
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 30,888
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Barry, a senior editor of the AARP Bulletin, has written extensively about Medicare from the consumer's point of view for 14 years. Since 2008, she has answered thousands of questions sent by Medicare beneficiaries across the nation to her Ask Ms. Medicare column on AARP's website.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Medicare 5

Chapter 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare: What It Is and How It Works 7

Chapter 2: Spelling Out What Medicare Covers (A Lot, but Not Everything) 15

Chapter 3: Understanding What You Pay Toward Your Costs in Medicare 37

Chapter 4: Reducing Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Medicare 51

Part II: The Hows and Whens of Medicare 77

Chapter 5: Qualifying for Medicare 79

Chapter 6: Enrolling in Medicare at the Right Time for You 93

Chapter 7: Discovering How to Sign Up for Medicare 125

Chapter 8: Understanding How Medicare Fits In with Other Health Insurance 141

Part III: Making Smart Choices among Medicare's Many Options 163

Chapter 9: Making Sense of Medicare’s Many Options 165

Chapter 10: Choosing Wisely If You Go with Traditional Medicare 181

Chapter 11: Making Smart Choices If You Opt for Medicare Advantage 205

Chapter 12: Getting Help in Making Medicare Choices 217

Part IV: Navigating Medicare from the Inside 229

Chapter 13: Starting Out as a New Medicare Beneficiary 231

Chapter 14: Getting the Inside Scoop on Using Certain Medicare Benefits 259

Chapter 15: Changing Your Medicare and Medigap Coverage 285

Chapter 16: Knowing Your Rights 303

Part V: The Part of Tens 317

Chapter 17: Ten Proposed Changes to Medicare You Should Know About 319

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Stay Healthier Beyond Age 65 325

Part VI: Appendixes 331

Appendix A: Sources of Help and Information 333

Appendix B: Glossary 345

Index 351

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