Medicare Benefits Information

You help your loved one in so many ways, giving advice, taking over chores, helping with personal care. Even with the conclusion of the initial phase of the new Medicare Rx prescription drug enrollment period, there is still a great deal of information to remember regarding Medicare benefits. The web sites featured below will assist you in gathering the information you need to make decisions now and in the future.

Great Medicare Informational Web Sites:

NFCA is proud to be partnering with the following organizations to provide you with the best information possible on Medicare benefits.

MedicareRx MattersDesigned to help users make decisions about the new Medicare prescription drug plan, this site has three specific portals: one for family caregivers, one for people with Medicare, and one for professionals. The Web site provides an overview, easy-to-understand steps, and information to assist users in making personal decisions about Medicare prescription drug coverage. The site also includes information on formularies, prescription drug prices, calendars of events and deadlines, and examples of how the new prescription drug coverage program will impact people's drug costs.

New Medicare Part D Resource for Caregivers and Loved Ones

NFCA in partnership with AstraZeneca is proud to announce the availability of the MedicareRx Matters Decision Support Guide (499 KB PDF).

The Guide provides instructions designed to help caregivers support a loved one through the process of making informed decisions about the new Medicare prescription drug program and, if appropriate for their situation, the enrollment process.

Step-by-Step Tool to Help Beneficiaries Choose the Medicare Rx Coverage That Meets Their Needs
RxCompareTM is a free tool developed by Medicare Access for Patients-Rx (MAPRx) to help users determine if they need to enroll in a Medicare drug plan and, if they do, to systematically compare the drug plans where they live and select the best option for their prescription needs. RxCompareTM works in tandem with Medicare's on-line "Prescription Drug Plan Finder" and with information available from plans or 1-800-MEDICARE. The tool provides worksheets for compiling and comparing key cost details and other decision factors about local plan options. In addition, RxCompareTM includes answers to frequently asked questions, definitions of key terms, and guidance on making a final decision and enrolling. Print and complete this worksheet and then bring it to your pharmacist or counselor to determine which plan is best for you.

Medicare Rights Center

Your Guide Through the Medicare Maze with Medicare Rights  charts and tip sheets, along with information on Medigaps, home and hospice care, prescription drug price comparisons, and much more.  You can also sign up here for MRC's weekly e-mail newsletter, designed to help people with Medicare, their families and their family caregivers understand their health care benefits and options. Each edition of Dear Marci will feature basic health tips, Medicare coverage advice, health plan reminders, and links to vital health care resources on the Internet. Sign up now, FREE, or read a sample issue
This is the official web site for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency responsible for Medicare Rx. The toll-free number is 800/MEDICARE.

Source: National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)