WELCOME TO MEDICARE VIRTUAL FAIR

Register Now! JUNE 23, 2021 | OPEN FROM 3:00 PM TO 7:00 PM ET Learn about signing up for Medicare! Go to www.shiphelp.org for more details, to see the agenda, and to register. This fair is for people turning 65 or joining Medicare because of a disability. Learn about Medicare – and all its parts – to assist you in …

Are you new to Medicare?

If you’re just getting started with Medicare or are in your first year, we have the information you need to help you understand your health care options and get the coverage that best fits your situation. Visit Medicare.gov to get answers to questions like: What are the parts of Medicare? What’s the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage? How do I enroll in …

Going electronic is easy with Medicare online resources

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is a great time to think about ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Medicare’s online resources make reducing your use of paper easier.   Switch to the electronic version of the “Medicare & You” handbook If you have an eReader (like an iPad, Kindle Fire, Surface, or Galaxy Tab), you can download a free digital …

Prevent Medicare fraud — become an informed Medicare consumer

Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. It’s National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), a time that non-profit organizations and government agencies can help you protect yourself and prevent fraud by taking advantage of your rights and making better, more informed choices. Here are some things you can do to prevent Medicare fraud and become an informed …

Medicare Part B enrollment: There’s still time to sign up!

Most people get Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) when they turn 65. If you didn’t sign up for Part B then, now’s the time to decide if you want to enroll. During Medicare’s General Enrollment Period (January 1–March 31), you can enroll in Part B and your coverage will start July 1. Deciding to enroll in Part B is an important …

Give your heart some love: prevent heart disease

While you’re celebrating with loved ones this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget your heart needs some love, too. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking about 647,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to help prevent heart disease. Start …

Get a glaucoma test and make your vision top priority!

More than 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and some have no idea they have it. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. If you get a glaucoma test and find treatment early, you can protect your eyes from serious vision loss. January is glaucoma awareness month, and it’s the perfect …

A Message From The New Secretary For Aging Alison Barkoff

February 2, 2021 by Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging I am humbled and thrilled to have joined ACL on Inauguration Day as Principal Deputy Administrator and to serve as Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to ACL’s stakeholders and share some of the critical priorities where …

Medicare’s Preventive Benefits

The New Year can bring many changes, and is a great time to choose to put your health first. Start your New Year by learning about your new Medicare coverage and costs, and staying healthy by using preventive services. If you changed Medicare health or drug plans for 2021, your new coverage begins January 1. Check out your basic costs …

There’s now an easier way to find medical equipment & supplies

When you or a loved one needs medical equipment like a wheelchair, hospital bed, or walker, it may be hard to know where to start, and what suppliers carry the equipment you need. That’s why we’ve launched an improved supplier directory to help you more easily search for suppliers of Medicare-covered equipment and supplies. Medicare’s improved supplier directory includes new features and functionality to …