Help Navigating the Medicare Maze

  • Like it or not, Medicare becomes part of our lives as caregivers. The paperwork tends to be confusing, at best, and most of our elders are going to need assistance. Heck, we’re going to need assistance.

    When I was attending the North Dakota Governor’s Conference on Aging, a gentleman from the Denver Medicare office, conveniently enough, sat next to me. He led me to, a helpful page to get your elder through the Medicare maze.

    You’ll need to register the elder and wait for a unique password to come. Then you and/or they can start entering the personal information that will help keep track of benefits, changes, and other information you will need to help your elder.
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    Even before the site is fully functional for you, however, you will be able to access the Frequently Asked Questions page and you’ll get some pretty good answers. Once your elder gets his or her password and you start entering information, you’ll be able to:

    - View claim status (excluding Part D claims)
    - Order a duplicate Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or replacement Medicare card
    - View eligibility, entitlement and preventive services information
    - View enrollment information including prescription drug plans
    - View or modify your drug list and pharmacy information
    - View address of record with Medicare and Part B deductible status
    - Access online forms, publications and messages sent to you by CMS

    I would suggest that anyone helping an elder keep track of Medicare information, especially now that Medicare D is such a big issue, check this site out. It could help with a major headache.

    For more help with Medicare Part D, visit our Insurance Help resources.
Published On: November 29, 2006