There is no question today because I want to introduce my next column series, “New to Medicare,” which will be written with the goal of helping those who will be going on Medicare for the first time. According to AARP, every day in the U.S., 10,000 people turn 65. Thousands more enroll in Medicare after their 65th birthday, while others are awarded Medicare before turning 65 due to being granted Social Security/Disability. Although everyone currently on Medicare can gain knowledge during the next several weeks, the series is specifically designed to educate anyone who will be going on Medicare Part A, B, or both, in the near future. I will go through the process from the very beginning stages which begin several months prior to enrollment in Original Medicare itself, what needs to be learned and considered before making one’s initial choice of either a Medicare Advantage or Supplement plan, actions that need to be taken annually after making that decision, and everything in between.
I will be providing a tentative schedule of questions and topics that will be addressed during the course of the series, which will start next week.