Content starts here

Confused About Medicare?

Confusing signs

You're in luck. AARP has tons of resources to help.

When is the Medicare open enrollment period?
Medicare open enrollment runs Oct.15 through Dec. 7 this year. Thinking of switching plans? Get the scoop on your options.

I'm caught in the "doughnut hole." How can I save money on my prescriptions?
Some drugs may actually cost you less while you're in the "doughnut hole" (the coverage gap in the middle of the Part D prescription drug benefit). Since the beginning of 2011, the pharmaceutical manufacturers have provided a  50 percent discount on brand-name drugs in the doughnut hole, as required by the new health care law. See also: Doughnut hole calculator.

What's the difference between a medigap plan and a Medicare Advantage plan?
Ask Ms. Medicare explains it all in this article.

Is the free "wellness exam" the same as a physical?
Not exactly. If you request a "physical" from your doctor, it will not be considered your free wellness exam. You have to specifically request the "Medicare wellness exam" if you don't want to be charged.

I still have questions.
Check out this live webinar on Nov. 17. It will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (A, B, C and D), and you'll receive information that can help you make decisions about the coverage options that best meet your needs. Plus, there will be time for Q&A at the end.

Think you know it all?
Take our quiz to find out! 

Photo credit: Jo Miles on Google+

Search AARP Blogs