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Medicare For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Learn to:

  • Navigate Medicare's complexities
  • Pinpoint when you need to sign up
  • Choose the coverage option that's right for you
  • Make smart, cost-saving decisions

The fast and easy way to get up to speed on Medicare

It's time for you (or a loved one) to enroll in Medicare, but Medicare is a maze. You must ...

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Medicare For Dummies

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Overview

Learn to:

  • Navigate Medicare's complexities
  • Pinpoint when you need to sign up
  • Choose the coverage option that's right for you
  • Make smart, cost-saving decisions

The fast and easy way to get up to speed on Medicare

It's time for you (or a loved one) to enroll in Medicare, but Medicare is a maze. You must choose among many options to pick the one that's best for you personally. To do that, you need accurate information that steers you clear of bad advice and costly pitfalls. Medicare For Dummies is the friendly guide you need to navigate Medicare successfully and get the best out of the system.

  • The nuts and bolts — understand how Medicare works, what it covers, and what it costs
  • The hows and whens — find out how you qualify for Medicare, when you should enroll according to your personal circumstances, and how Medicare fits in with other health insurance you may have
  • Make smart choices — discover the many options available in Medicare, and find out how to make confident choices that are right for you
  • From the inside out — grasp how to use Medicare effectively, from managing routine costs and dealing with doctors to filling prescriptions and reducing your out-of-pocket expenses

Open the book and find:

  • A plain-English explanation of how Medicare works
  • What Medicare covers
  • Guidance on reducing out-of-pocket expenses
  • How you qualify for (and when you should enroll in) Medicare
  • The scoop on using certain Medicare benefits
  • Ways to switch to a different Medicare plan
  • Proposed changes to Medicare you should know about
  • Tips on staying healthy beyond age 65
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118805190
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 92,908
  • File size: 3 MB

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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