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Baby Boomers Confused About Medicare, According to Recent NAIC Survey
Date:2/26/2008

healthcare services they anticipate needing throughout their retirement.

"Clearly, there is much confusion and concern among baby boomers regarding their future access to Medicare," said NAIC President and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger. "Many boomers incorrectly think Medicare coverage is available at age 62, when they initially become eligible for Social Security benefits. With growing concerns about health insurance costs and access, these aging members of our society need to be better educated about Medicare's timing and entitlements so that they can make informed retirement decisions."

The NAIC offers tips and considerations through its public education program, Insure U - Get Smart About Insurance, at http://www.insureUonline.org.

Understanding the Basics of Medicare

Medicare is the largest health insurance program in the nation, covering more than 40 million Americans. The federally funded program is available to Americans 65 years of age and older, regardless of their eligibility for Social Security retirement benefits.

Some Americans younger than 65 may qualify for Medicare, depending on their physical health. For example, those who are disabled may be eligible before reaching their 65th birthday.

Medicare is divided into four parts, each with different coverage options, including hospital insurance (Part A), medical insurance (Part B), Medicare Advantage (Part C) and prescription drug coverage (Part D). Although many Americans do not pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A, individuals seeking additional coverage options under Parts B, C and D typically pay a monthly premium.

"Baby boomers need to get smart about their health insurance needs when planning for retirement," said NAIC Executive Vice President and CEO Catherine J. Weatherford. "Consumers should take the time to familiarize themselves with Medicare by visiting the federal go
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