What Are Some Facts in the "Medicare & You" Handbook?


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Some of the facts in the "Medicare & You" handbook include enrollment information; how Medicare works; and whether Medicare covers a given test, service or item. It also explains how to obtain supplemental insurance, also known as Medigap.

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The "Medicare & You" handbook provides vital information for those enrolling in Medicare, as well as those already covered and considering adding supplemental coverage. In it, Medicare beneficiaries find out how the program works, how to sign up for Medicare Parts A & B, and the definition of original Medicare. In addition, the handbook provides information on covered tests, services and items, as well as ways to receive assistance paying health premiums and prescription drug costs. It also includes an explanation of the different types of Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) and other Medicare health plans.

Another section of the Handbook provides information on Part D, or prescription drug coverage, and how to join a Medicare drug plan. A chapter on patients' rights and fraud protection explains how Medicare uses personal information and what to do in the event of identity theft. The end of the handbook provides a listing of plans and providers, as well ways to obtain more personalized Medicare information.

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