Have a question about Medicare? ‘Dear Marci’ has the answers

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The AFT has a fantastic way to learn about—or stay up-to-date on—Medicare: the "Dear Marci" e-newsletter.

For years, the AFT has partnered with the Medicare Rights Center, an independent consumer group dedicated to helping people understand their benefits and options, and to bring our retirees the best guidance and resources available—resources like "Dear Marci," a bi-monthly e-newsletter full of timely Medicare tips and advice.

You can turn to "Marci" to find out about cost-saving programs or how to appeal if you're denied coverage for treatments or prescriptions your doctor deems necessary.

And "Marci" just got a facelift! Each issue still delivers the same timely, high-quality, understandable Medicare info you've come to expect from the AFT and the Medicare Rights Center—but with a new, cleaner, easier-to-read format we think you'll love.

"Marci" has answered these questions in recent issues:

  • What is the new star ratings program for Medicare plans?
  • How do I get my plan to pay for a drug with coverage restrictions?
  • How does Medicare cover services related to diabetes?
  • Which pays first, my employer insurance or Medicare?
  • What preventive care can I get in 2012?

There's a new feature in each issue, "Need to Know," which highlights interesting health- and healthcare-related articles, resources and tips.

Medicare Rights has two other great ways to get the Medicare answers you need. Call its free helpline at 800-333-4114 to speak with a Medicare expert, or visit Medicare Interactive online for a comprehensive, searchable guide to hundreds of real Medicare questions, complete with case examples and links to local resources.The AFT has a fantastic way to learn about—or stay up-to-date on—Medicare: the "Dear Marci" e-newsletter. [Adrienne Coles]

September 28, 2012

Dear Marcie

My father is terminally ill, and I have been doing research about possible options for his care. I came across information about hospice care, but I am not sure what it is. Does Medicare cover hospice, and if so, what are the requirements?

Marci's response