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Jan. 9, 2013

Woman wonderingWebinar: Answering the FAQs about Medicare

Is it ever appropriate to delay enrollment in different parts of Medicare? What types of in-home therapies will Medicare cover? Our interactive January webinar looks at frequently asked questions regarding Medicare, including enrollment, coverage, and costs. Got a burning question? Submit it on the registration page.
Register for Jan. 22 | Register for Jan. 25

Fiscal cliff deal extends funding for MIPPA outreach, QI program

Last week, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act as part of a compromise to delay the automatic tax increases for all Americans and the across-the-board spending cuts due to take effect on Jan. 2. The bill extends $25 million in funding for continued community-based outreach and enrollment activities for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. It also extends the therapy exceptions process and the Medicare Qualified Individual (QI) program for a year.
Learn more about the legislation

Happy new year from the Center for Benefits!

Hector - I believeWe asked our staff, “What do you believe about older adults?” You can see their answers in our new video—and share your own ideas and photos on our Facebook page. Consider it our New Year’s greeting—we look forward to working with you in 2013!
Watch the video | Share what you believe

What’s new with Medicare in 2013?

Medicare has some positive changes in store for the coming year, from an easier-to-read summary of benefits notice to increased coverage for outpatient mental health services.
Discover what’s new

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Share important tips with your Part D clients

Couple seeking adviceMy drug plan won’t cover my drug. I need help paying for my prescriptions. I haven’t received a card yet from my new drug plan. No doubt you’ll hear these and many other concerns from your clients as another year is underway. Check out our handy guide to address common early-in-the-year issues for your clients with Part D. And don’t forget now is the General Enrollment Period (Jan. 1-Mar. 31) for Medicare Parts A and B. Learn how this enrollment period works, who can use it, and how it relates to the Medicare Savings Program in our publication, A Closer Look: Medicare General Enrollment Period.
Read our Early 2013 Guide to Part D | Download A Closer Look

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