What Is the Medicare & You Program?


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"Medicare & You" is a handbook that summarizes Medicare benefits, options for coverage, and the rights and protections granted to Medicare recipients. It also provides answers to questions people frequently ask about Medicare, according to Medicare.gov. The 2015 version of "Medicare & You" is available in English, Chinese and Spanish.

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Medicare recipients automatically receive the "Medicare & You" handbook by mail after each annual update. It is also available in downloadable and online versions. It is a valuable resource for all Medicare recipients and those eligible for Medicare because coverage options and plans often change each year, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Highlights of the 2015 version include expanded coverage of preventive services, the continuing option to save drug costs through Part D, and easy access to detailed information about various Medicare Advantage and supplemental plans.

The Medicare & You webpage at Medicare.gov provides a link that enables a recipient to determine if Medicare covers a specific procedure, medical test or piece of equipment. Section 9 of "Medicare & You" for 2015 addresses recipients' rights, which include access to treatment information that is clear and understandable; the right to request a review or appeal of a payment, service or drug coverage decision; and the right to file a complaint.

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