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.
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.