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Medicare For Dummies [Paperback]

Patricia Barry

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15 Nov 2013 For Dummies
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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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

About 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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5.0 out of 5 stars As good a book you're going to get on the subject. 26 Nov 2013
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The Medicare program is fairly complex; not that this is a criticism of the government. Heck, I have a 750-page camera manual. Things are just more complicated these days. This book answers most of the questions you might have about Medicare, and quite a few you didn't realize you may have. It's particularly helpful in discussing 'Advantage' plans, which if you've checked them out, may not be such an advantage, if you know about philanthropic plans, for example, those offered by many hospitals,non-profits, medical association and even pharmaceutical programs that can help the 'gaps' in medical care coverage--however, only if you meet economic need requirements.

For example, (and I'm only going to give one): Medicare doesn't pay for opthamology exams unless you've been diagnosed as potentially having a serious eye disease. But there's a way to get regular free exams if you know where to look (in this case the internet can be your friend). What I do recommend is that this book provides a lot of information, but if you are seriously deciding on various options (like pharmacy plans, 'medicap' plans, etc.) you should definitely have a calculator with you as you read.

Finally, if you are considering becoming a health care advocate, there is a section on ideas that are afoot to alter Medicare, which anyone that relies on it should be aware of. Let's face it. A book like this isn't so stimulating it's going to be optioned for a Hollywood movie, but it's a book you should grow familiar with until it's almost second nature (like learning the times table). It will help you be informed ahead of the time when you really need to be informed in case you have a major health issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Medicare for Dummies 31 Oct 2013
By P. J. Farr - Published on
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During this past summer, I tried to order this book, but it was not available. I ordered it and began the wait. The book just arrived and it is very well written, thorough and easy to read. I wish I had been able to read it this summer. Instead, I had to order several other books to get all of the info that is contained within this book. I can recommend this book highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and clear 5 Nov 2013
By Mom and daughter - Published on
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Very thorough, but also clear (unlike everything else I've read so far). I finally feel like I understand Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, what's covered and what's not. Also very complete info for where to go when there's a problem. Worth every dime.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommned book for those who want to know about Medicare's complicated program! 10 Nov 2013
By Barbara W. - Published on
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This book is very comprehensive, lots of details that give you web sites, phone #'s. Clearly written, detailed information for a complicated program Highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand Medicare & has resources that you wouldn't know about otherwise know about.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for anyone approaching Medicare enrollment! 8 Nov 2013
By L. J. Snider - Published on
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I found out about this book on the AARP website, and now am finding out how vital the information is as I approach Medicare enrollment time! The book is written in an easy to read format, including clear cut examples to explain various scenarios. Also included are a multitude of comparison charts to help understand the enormity of the Medicare rules and choices. I probably would be making some very poor (and costly) choices without guidance from this book!
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