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Medicare Information - How and Where Do You Get Answers to Your Questions?

Medicare information can seem confusing and overwhelming.
On top of that, there are so many "resources" that it's hard to know who to believe and who to go to for the "right" answers.
Many people make the mistake of asking their medical provider or a friend or family member, who although meaning well, may not always have the precisely correct answers.
There are three resources for Medicare information that we generally recommend: 1.
Medicare itself.
Obviously, it makes the most sense, whenever possible, to go straight to the horse's mouth, so to speak.
Medicare does, or at least should, have the correct answers to whatever questions you may have.
The best way, we've found, to get those answers (i.
e.
if something is covered, what Medicare Supplements are available in your area, etc.
) is on http://www.
medicare.
gov
, the web site maintained by Medicare.
However, you can also call the toll-free number.
Make sure you set aside a fair amount of time to do so, however.
The phone number is 1-800-MEDICARE.
2.
A local brokerage.
Local brokers can be, and in most cases are, great resources for you for information about Medicare and Medicare insurance plans.
States generally have strict continuing education requirements so that brokers must stay up to speed on the ins and outs of Medicare and Medicare insurance.
Also, since its their business, they are motivated to give you correct answers and be an expert in their respective fields.
3.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy.
This is a non-profit organization that can be found at http://www.
medicareadvocacy.
org/
.
This web site is a great resource for information about the specific parts of Medicare as well as about any changes in the Federal program.

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