April 15th, 2011 at 3:55 pm
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Medicare is reaching out to caregivers – Part 1 of 4

by Carol Bursack

Recently, I was given a pre-launch tour of the newly updated Medicare & caregiver site created by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) called “Ask Medicare.” The site is so impressive that I feel it deserves a series of posts to explore it more fully.

Ask Medicare now contains even more direct information and resources than the previous version, and reflects the growing recognition of how members of the caregiver community help each other by sharing personal experiences and stories. Here, in Part I of our series, we’ll conduct a short overview of the Ask Medicare home page. In Parts II, III and IV, we’ll investigate other resources available to caregivers.

Ask Medicare Overview

Ask Medicare offers comprehensive coverage of all things Medicare and caregiver related. Sections on the site include:

  1. Medicare Basics
  2. Paying for Care
  3. Navigating Medicare
  4. Condition Specific Information
  5. Support for Caregivers
  6. Care Options

True to their word, Ask Medicare is user friendly. Because Caregiver Community is the second most popular section on Ask Medicare, the site encourages users to upload and share their own experiences. From the home page, you can access both caregiver stories and videos.

Eldercare locator, newsletters and more

Under “What’s New from Medicare,” you can find information relating to the following:

  1. Getting help with costs when your elder qualifies as low income
  2. Direct link to the Eldercare locator, which helps connect older Americans and their caregivers to available services in their areas

Users may also subscribe to the helpful Ask Medicare newsletter that is published every other month. The Ask Medicare newsletter is a wonderful resource on its own. However, having the newsletter appear in your email inbox will remind you to watch Medicare.gov for updates. Take time to check out Ask Medicare. As mentioned above, we’ll explore, together, more information about the site in upcoming posts.

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2 Comments to “Medicare is reaching out to caregivers – Part 1 of 4”

  1. Thanks for the comment! The blog has been down for awhile due to maintenance, but we’re up and running again. Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the Medicare series will be up shortly. Then, watch for more.
    Take care,
    Carol

  2. Michigan Senior Care

    Great Blog! You guys always have great information to share.

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