My Medicare Matters Helps Consumers Get the Most Out of Medicare
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My Medicare Matters Helps Consumers Get the Most Out of Medicare

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May 27, 2011

CONTACT:
Ken Schwartz
202-600-3131
ken.schwartz@ncoa.org

Free Website Provides Answers and Referrals to Help People with Medicare Maximize Benefits

Washington, D.C. – Medicare, and related programs, offer a wide range of benefits and services to help older adults and individuals with disabilities live a healthier life. But far too many beneficiaries simply don’t know what’s available or how to use their benefits to the fullest.

MyMedicareMatters.org gives beneficiaries the straightforward, practical information they need to take advantage of everything Medicare has to offer—from choosing a Medicare Part D drug plan during the annual enrollment period to accessing Medicare’s preventive health benefits, including the new Annual Wellness Visit.

Sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), My Medicare Matters is funded in part by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
 
“I’ve spoken to many people who have Medicare, and they’ve found My Medicare Matters to be an important, easy-to-use resource for finding enrollment and program details,” noted Nora Dowd Eisenhower, vice president, Benefits Access Group and director, National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment at NCOA. “The site has information for people who are new to Medicare, as well as those who are considering switching plans, or simply have a question they need answered.”

Since it launched in 2005, My Medicare Matters has helped more than 4,500 people directly through the “Ask the Expert” service alone. In addition to providing information online, the site gives users local referrals, so they can find further assistance on Medicare and other health programs in their communities.  

My Medicare Matters also offers simple, step-by-step guides on how to join Medicare, a detailed explanation of the program’s benefits and costs, and information on two programs that help low-income people afford Medicare—the Medicare Savings Programs and the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS)/Extra Help.

For more information, please visit www.MyMedicareMatters.org.

About My Medicare Matters  MyMedicareMatters is a community-based education and outreach initiative sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) with support from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

About AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals  AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines.  As a leader in gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology and infectious disease medicines, AstraZeneca generated global revenues of $32.8 billion in 2009.  In the United States, AstraZeneca is a $14.8 billion healthcare business.  For more information about AstraZeneca in the US or the AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings programs, please visit: www.astrazeneca-us.com or call 1-800-AZandMe (292-6363).

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About NCOA  The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them. Our goal is to improve the health, independence, and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. For more than 60 years, NCOA has been a trusted voice and innovative problem-solver helping seniors navigate the challenges of aging in America. We work with local and national partners to give older adults tools and information to stay healthy and secure, and we advocate for programs and policies to improve the lives of all seniors, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, please visit www.ncoa.org.

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