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Medicare Prevention Tips
Now is the time to get the most out of your Medicare. The best way to stayhealthy is to live a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating well, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking.

Medicare can help. Medicare pays for many preventive services which can find health problems early, when treatment works best, and can keep you from getting certain diseases or illnesses.

Preventive services include exams, lab tests, and screenings. They also include shots, monitoring, and information to help you take care of your own health. Whether it’s online, in person in the community, or on the phone, Medicare is committed to helping people get the information they need to make smart choices about their Medicare benefits.

The following links provide information about what services Medicare covers...

January 2009 Guide from Medicare
http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/10110.pdf

Another helpful resource
http://www.medicare.gov/Health/Overview.asp

 
Help With Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778, 7am-7pm Monday-Friday
Staying Healthy Medicare’s Preventive Services
What you can do right now to make an informed decision about Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Seniors warned about fraudulent Medicare calls
The Denver district attorney's office is issuing a fraud alert to seniors regarding the Medicare prescription drug plans.

19 Million Consumers Receive SSA Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

The Social Security Administration has mailed the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

(Form SSA-1020) to almost 19 million potentially eligible individuals.  Instruction sheets are available in 15 different languages Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, French, Greek, Haitian-Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese  to help with understanding the English application. The instructions may be used as guides and cannot be used as applications. The actual applications are available only in English and Spanish. Applicants must complete either an English or Spanish scannable paper application or apply online (English only).

Also, as part of its effort to reach all people who qualify for the extra help, Social Security has contracted with NCS Pearson, Inc. and its partner, West Corporation, to conduct follow-up telephone calls to individuals who have not responded to the initial mailing of the application. Log onto www.ssa.gov to learn more about the procedures used in the follow-up telephone calls.

BenefitsCheckUp (Colorado)
BenefitsCheckUp helps thousands of people every day to connect to government programs that can help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other needs.
BenefitsCheckUpRx
BenefitsCheckUpRx helps people with Medicare and other older adults to learn about and enroll in government benefits, including the new Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and other valuable federal, state and private programs that can save you money on health care and prescription drugs.
Colorado Division of Insurance
A state agency that regulates the insurance industry and assist consumers and other stakeholders with insurance issues that are important to them.
Colorado Medicare and Medicaid
This website offers Colorado seniors with information about Medicare and Medicaid, including ways to prevent and report fraud, programs offered through Medicare and Medicaid, and answers to frequently asked questions about prescription drugs, HMOs, etc.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Programs for which CMS is responsible include Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), HIPAA, and CLIA.
Medicare.gov
Billing, Appeals, Long-Term Care, Apply On-line. Everything about Medicare.

Senior Health Insurance Programs (SHIPS)

Seniors Inc
The Medicaid Outreach Program helps low-income seniors who are eligible for Medicaid and other public benefits, assisting with the application process and advocating for seniors who are trying to navigate through the vast Medicaid network.  Once enrolled, this program saves seniors over $1,000 a year in premiums. Eligiblity for Medicaid is based on income of less than $1170 per month.
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