MyMedicareMatters Website Expands Coverage of Critical Medicare Information
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MyMedicareMatters Website Expands Coverage of Critical Medicare Information

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September 22, 2010

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

Re-launch of Website Makes it Easier for Seniors and Younger Adults with Disabilities to Answer their Questions on Medicare

Washington DC --- Consumers who have Medicare can now access updated and comprehensive information on a variety of medical conditions and coverage options, thanks to the re-release of MyMedicareMatters.org

Administered by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the site offers users a more intuitive set of navigational tools to help seniors make informed decisions about their health care benefits.

Included in the newly expanded site are sections explaining Medicare coverage and costs for treating many common conditions among Medicare beneficiaries, including diabetes and cancer.  MyMedicareMatters.org also features new information on two frequently requested topics, entitled About Medigap and New to Medicare? These two additions offer consumers simple steps to help them decide about enrolling in Medicare and Medigap supplement insurance. 

“With the implementation of health care reform, getting accurate information about Medicare out to consumers is a priority,” noted James Firman, President and CEO of NCOA. “My Medicare Matters will continue to be a vital tool in helping those with Medicare and their caregivers navigate their benefits.”

In anticipation of the fall Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Annual Enrollment Period, MyMedicareMatters.org is also a well-respected resource for seniors who need to learn about Part D for the first time, or who need to review their choices for Part D coverage. 

“Making complex information easy to understand for Medicare patients, their families, and caregivers is an important job – especially as major changes are coming to the healthcare system,” said David Nicoli, vice president corporate affairs, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP.

NCOA has also re-launched MyMedicareMatters.org’s companion site, MyMedicareCommunity.org. Targeted at professionals and benefits counselors working with Medicare beneficiaries, MyMedicareCommunity.org offers resources on Medicare and Medicaid-related programs, as well as a forum for people to connect and share their experiences and best-practices with others in the field.

About MyMedicareMatters  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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