Article courtesy of The Medicare Blog. By Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services A number of visitors to www.HealthCare.gov have told us they’d like to know more about the Medicare “donut hole” in the Part D program. If you aren’t familiar with Medicare,… Read More


Article courtesy of The Medicare Blog. It can be a bit intimidating to choose a hospital for surgery or to make plans for when you’re discharged. Whenever you or a loved one with Medicare moves from one health care setting to another, use Hospital Compare, Home Health Compare and Nursing Home Compare to help you make smooth and safe… Read More


Article courtesy of The Medicare Blog. Do you or a loved one have cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that affects vision. According to the National Eye Institute, by age 80, more than half of all Americans will either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Medicare can help. Medicare Part B covers cataract… Read More


Article courtesy of The Medicare Blog. Speaking and writing about the Medicare program in plain language isn’t just good practice—it’s the law. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires us to make sure you’ll find our Web pages, booklets, letters and other materials clear and to the point. You don’t have to look far to find examples of… Read More


Article courtesy of The Medicare Blog. Many people could be saving money on premiums and prescriptions, and don’t even know it. Recently, a 90-year-old woman in Oklahoma came to her local State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP) because she was unable to pay for her prescriptions and her Medicare Part D premium.A counselor at the SHIP helped… Read More


Article courtesy of The Medicare Blog. Medicare fraud affects everyone. You can team up with Medicare to help. Our Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers are teaching people like you to spot, report, and stop fraud, and protect themselves from identity theft. Here are some things you can do: Guard your Medicare and Social Security numbers. Treat them like… Read More