Medicare: Once Again a Political Hot Potato

It’s budget time on Capitol Hill, and remaking Medicare is a hot topic. On Sunday, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, revealed some of his budget blueprint for  Medicare. He still wants to convert the program into a premium support system under which beneficiaries would get a set amount of money to buy insurance. But only people under the age 55 would be affected. Ryan told Chris Wallace of Fox News that his new Medicare plan …

What Washington Politicians Really Mean When They Talk About Our Benefits

This originally appeared at The Huffington Post. This week before the President’s State of the Union address, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the President won’t advocate for raising the age of Medicare beneficiaries but that he’s absolutely willing to cut our Social Security benefits.  Carney’s tune dramatically changed the narrative from the 2012 campaign by saying said that the President wouldn’t “ask seniors to bear the burden of further deficit reduction alone.”  During the 2012 election candidates …

4 Must-Know Facts About Medicare Enrollment & Hurricane Sandy

Medicare beneficiaries: If you’ve been impacted by Hurricane Sandy and can’t meet the Dec. 7 annual open enrollment period deadline, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering other options. The best scenario is to select the Medicare plan you want for 2013 in time to ensure your health and prescription drug coverage kicks in by Jan. 1, 2013. But what if you can’t? If you can’t select a plan by Dec. 7  you can still enroll in …

The Takeaway: “You Gave, Now Save”-Don’t Miss Out On Benefits for Older Americans

Missing Out? Millions of older Americans might qualify for healthcare, prescription drug, food and utility bill assistance””if they only knew about it.

Celebrate Good Times…Waukegan!

Hi there blog readers – Jenn from the communications team reporting on some of the AARP activities that are going on in Waukegan, Illinois this month. At times AARP can seem like a ginormous organization but did you know that we have offices in all 50 states? Each of those state offices is doing really cool things on a local level. Fom advocacy to community based activities we’re there and we hope you’ll join us! This month in Waukegan longtime …

How To: Get the Most Out of Your Medicare

This guest post is written by Lisa Yagoda, MSW. After many years helping people navigate the Medicare maze, I have learned that whether you are new to Medicare or not, there is always something more to learn. And the best place to start is with the basics. Just follow these five tips, and you will be on your way to getting the most out of Medicare: Enroll when you are first eligible. You might not need to enroll in Medicare …