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National Medicare Education Week

By Amira Wazeer

Amira Wazir1946 was a very good year, so was 1947, 1948 1949, and 1950 or all of the other years known as the Baby Boomer years, the generation of Americans born between 1946, the end of World War II, and 1964.

They are the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history. CNN.com statistics show approximately 10,000 people a day will turn 65 each day until the year 2029.

Jan. 1, 2011: The first of the boomers turned 65. Approximately two-thirds of all seniors 65 and over and 60 percent of those 50-64 have at least one chronic disease.

According to CNN, Dec. 31, 2029, the last of the boomers will turn 65. The 65+ population segment is projected to double to 71.5 million by 2030 and grow to 86.7 million by 2050.

Possibly more than 80 million will be on Medicare and Social Security.

National Medicare Education Week is Sept. 15 – 21!
National Medicare Education Week (Sept. 15 – 21) is dedicated to helping baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers learn more about Medicare.

It begins exactly one month before the start of Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year.

During National Medicare Education Week, United Health care hosts educational events around the country. Attendees learn about Medicare through an interactive presentation and educational materials that they can take home.

They can also speak one-on-one with local Medicare experts. The events are educational only – no sales pitches allowed!

Go to Medicare.gov and check now to see if there are National Medicare Education Week events in your area. Here is a sample of what the presentation at the events covers:

The different types of Medicare coverage and how to determine what coverage is right for you;
How and when to enroll in Medicare, including tips for people who choose to delay enrolling in Medicare past age 65;
The impact of health reform on Medicare; and
Where to go for more information.
According to a 2013 United Health care survey, 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries describe Medicare as confusing.

Most are not able to correctly identify the health care expenses that Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover.

In addition, baby boomers in their early 60s who are approaching Medicare eligibility also struggle to understand the program – 70 percent describe their understanding of Medicare as “fair” or “poor.”

If this describes you, then learn more about National Medicare Education Week and how you can take part.

National Medicare Education Week is an extension of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Made Clear initiative.

Proud supporters of National Medicare Education Week include AARP, Ameriprise Financial, Caregiver Action Network, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Safeway, Target, Walgreens, Walmart and Sam’s Club.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:
NationalMedicareEducationWeek.com: Learn more about the week and what you can expect.

Medicare.gov: Visit the official U.S. government website for Medicare

(Amira Wazeer is a state licensed and federally certified insurance agent with over 14 years experience.  She specializes in Medicare plans, Affordable healthcare plans, dental and vision plans, Term and whole Life insurance and life Insurance for diabetics and Janazza (final expense) insurance. Consultations are free. Need a speaker at your upcoming events or have Questions and comments contact a.d.wazeer@comcast.net or call 404-202-1926.)

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