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Savvy Medicare Consumers Can Save Hundreds During Medicare Open Enrollment
Date:10/11/2011

COA Tools Can Help Save Seniors Hundreds

With a suite of tools from NCOA, people with Medicare can determine which plan best fits their needs and budget, and find other assistance to help them pay for prescription and healthcare costs.

My Medicare Matters (www.mymedicarematters.org) gives Medicare consumers the direction they need to review their drug plan and other choices for 2012. Consumers can find a guide to decision-making and helpful worksheets for selecting a drug plan.

My Medicare Matters also offers detailed information on two programs that help low-income people afford Medicare — the Medicare Savings Programs and Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS)/Extra Help. In addition to providing information online, the site is interactive, giving users local referrals, so they can find further assistance on Medicare and other benefits and services in their communities.

My Medicare Matters is funded in part by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

The Annual Open Enrollment Period is also a great time for people with Medicare to use BenefitsCheckUp®, NCOA's free online screening service (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org). Here they can not only learn about changes to Medicare Part D and the Low-Income Subsidy/Extra Help, they can also discover whether they may qualify for additional benefits that help pay for prescription drugs, healthcare, and other household costs.

For additional information, visit www.ncoa.org.

About NCOA
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults — especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged — and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses
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