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

vernment's Web site, http://www.medicare.gov. We also encourage baby boomers to visit the NAIC's Insure U Web site, http://www.insureUonline.org, to get additional information on their health insurance needs."

Ten Tips Regarding Health Insurance and Retirement from the NAIC

1. Plan ahead for your retirement health insurance needs. Americans are

eligible for Medicare at age 65, so take this into consideration if you

plan to retire at an earlier age.

2. If you plan to retire from your job before the age of 65 and are not

eligible for Medicare, check to see if you are eligible for COBRA

(Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act). COBRA is a federal

law that typically entitles you to continue your employer's health

insurance coverage for up to 18 months. Check with your state insurance

department to learn about COBRA laws in your state.

3. If you are not eligible for COBRA, you might want to consider a

catastrophic or high-deductible medical plan, which typically carries

lower premiums than other individual policies. Keep in mind that people

with serious pre-existing health problems -- such as heart disease,

diabetes or multiple sclerosis -- typically cannot get catastrophic

health insurance.

4. Before you become eligible for Medicare, you might want to consider

purchasing a major medical plan to cover doctors' visits, drugs and

hospital care. These plans, which can vary in costs and medical

benefits, include indemnity plans, preferred provider organization

(PPO) plans, health maintenance organization (HMO) plans and point-of

service (POS) plans.

5. Take time when researching individual health insurance plans and learn

what kind of policies will p
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