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The fast and easy way to get up to speed on Medicare Since the creation of Medicare in 1965, significant changes have affected the legislation. With 77 million baby boomers entering the program, questions about what Medicare is and how it affects seniors are certain to arise. Medicare For Dummies addresses this uncertain topic and helps those eligible for Medicare benefits The fast and easy way to get up to speed on Medicare Since the creation of Medicare in 1965, significant changes have affected the legislation. With 77 million baby boomers entering the program, questions about what Medicare is and how it affects seniors are certain to arise. Medicare For Dummies addresses this uncertain topic and helps those eligible for Medicare benefits maneuver the complicated process. Topics include: summary of Medicare benefits; Medicare coverage options; Medicare rights and protections; updated information on changes to Medicare based on recent changes in healthcare legislation; how the economy affects Medicare; and more. * Includes up-to-date information on the changing healthcare landscape so recipients can take advantage of the new provisions * Helps readers make sense of Medicare in these uncertain times If you're one of the millions of Americans looking to get the lowdown on Medicare, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.


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The fast and easy way to get up to speed on Medicare Since the creation of Medicare in 1965, significant changes have affected the legislation. With 77 million baby boomers entering the program, questions about what Medicare is and how it affects seniors are certain to arise. Medicare For Dummies addresses this uncertain topic and helps those eligible for Medicare benefits The fast and easy way to get up to speed on Medicare Since the creation of Medicare in 1965, significant changes have affected the legislation. With 77 million baby boomers entering the program, questions about what Medicare is and how it affects seniors are certain to arise. Medicare For Dummies addresses this uncertain topic and helps those eligible for Medicare benefits maneuver the complicated process. Topics include: summary of Medicare benefits; Medicare coverage options; Medicare rights and protections; updated information on changes to Medicare based on recent changes in healthcare legislation; how the economy affects Medicare; and more. * Includes up-to-date information on the changing healthcare landscape so recipients can take advantage of the new provisions * Helps readers make sense of Medicare in these uncertain times If you're one of the millions of Americans looking to get the lowdown on Medicare, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.

30 review for Medicare For Dummies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Medicare.gov / 1-800-633-4227 - This is the starting point to gather info & talk to someone - The Social Security Administration (SSA) agents - when retirement approaches..... The best part Of the book is learning the definition of Medicare “supplemental” Insurance. And it’s relationship selection to Insurance companies. Then talking with a SSA agent was good explaining overall Insurance options in the book to get started & reviewing your selection insurance companies & options.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate McMurry

    I bought this book because AARP recommends it. If you buy only one "how to" book on Medicare, this is the book. It has absolutely everything you need to know, in a format that is easy to follow and well organized. There are some truly important deadlines that are crucial to not miss when you are signing up for Medicare or you can suffer lifetime surcharges. This book will help you to cross every "T" and dot every "I" if you read it carefully. Highly recommended. I bought this book because AARP recommends it. If you buy only one "how to" book on Medicare, this is the book. It has absolutely everything you need to know, in a format that is easy to follow and well organized. There are some truly important deadlines that are crucial to not miss when you are signing up for Medicare or you can suffer lifetime surcharges. This book will help you to cross every "T" and dot every "I" if you read it carefully. Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin O'Brien

    As someone going on Medicare I wanted to make sure that I had the information needed. This book, which is recommended by AARP, is one I found helpful in making my preparations, and I think it is a pretty reasonable purchase for anyone in a similar situation. I would recommend that you start reading this when you turn 64, so that you know what you need to do.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Sorry - after 4.5 years of gathering dust, this is a “DNF”. No spoilers here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I wonder how many people actually read material on Medicare before they sign up at 65? The state of health care in America is always being debated. Medicare is Federal Health Care for people over 65. Yet, many people reaching that age have no clue how to sign up or what the program is about. Medicare which is part of Social Security does not send you anything about its health insurance program. That responsibility lands in the hands of those that are turning 65 years old. It is the sole responsi I wonder how many people actually read material on Medicare before they sign up at 65? The state of health care in America is always being debated. Medicare is Federal Health Care for people over 65. Yet, many people reaching that age have no clue how to sign up or what the program is about. Medicare which is part of Social Security does not send you anything about its health insurance program. That responsibility lands in the hands of those that are turning 65 years old. It is the sole responsibility of the individual that is turning 65 to do his/her research on this insurance program. This book by Patricia Berry takes the guess work out of by giving the reader a handy reference guide to this complicated benefit. There is a lot of information in this book. Its informative and sometimes I found myself rereading sections to thoroughly digest the material. Make no beans about it Medicare is a boring subject and many readers will give up because it is so complicated. Yet, Berry takes all the guess work out for us "Dummies" and gives us clear, concise, well organized and readable material that will help those retiring understand the Medicare process. If your are new to Medicare or approaching the golden age of 65 this is a must read. I will be using it as a reference guide that will help me when its my time to sign up. What is nice about this book is that Medicare is always changing and Berry always updates her book for future retirees. One tip I found useful is to skip around to the topics that I needed to know and avoid those that didn't apply to me. Time to move on to my next book and review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stanley Townsend

    I pity the fool who tries to negotiate the ins and outs of Medicare without this book. So much excellent information here. Easy to follow guidance on what original Medicare means, Part B, Part D, Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans - how to figure out what you need and a systematic approach on how to select among options. You'll find tons of information when you visit medicare.gov and this book lets you know how to glean what's important there. If you are 64 or older, buy this book! I pity the fool who tries to negotiate the ins and outs of Medicare without this book. So much excellent information here. Easy to follow guidance on what original Medicare means, Part B, Part D, Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans - how to figure out what you need and a systematic approach on how to select among options. You'll find tons of information when you visit medicare.gov and this book lets you know how to glean what's important there. If you are 64 or older, buy this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike Hovis

    A fine Book To Educate and Use As A Reference I turn 65 this year. I’ve been inundated by mail from insurance companies telling various things, but really trying to peak my interest in insurance products they sell to Medicare recipients. So I thought it wise to try to educate myself about Medicare. I’m very glad I chose this book as an educational resource. The writing style is easy to read and helps keep a somewhat boring subject from being dry and uninteresting. This book answered many of my qu A fine Book To Educate and Use As A Reference I turn 65 this year. I’ve been inundated by mail from insurance companies telling various things, but really trying to peak my interest in insurance products they sell to Medicare recipients. So I thought it wise to try to educate myself about Medicare. I’m very glad I chose this book as an educational resource. The writing style is easy to read and helps keep a somewhat boring subject from being dry and uninteresting. This book answered many of my questions and prepared me for the day (yesterday) I signed up. It’s the kind of book I plan to keep as a reference for things such as appeals, if one is ever needed. I recommend the book to all who want to know more about Medicare.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna Schwartz

    It was a good book to start with as long as you did not get sucked into the myriad of details that are in it. I only read just so much of the book before I started skimming for the parts that I needed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    YOU NEED THIS!!! Start reading this about 6 months Before your 65th birthday. Make your decisions and complete ALL paperwork/online work 60-90 days BEFORE your 65th birthday. Beware, it is more complicated than you expect it to be.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judith McGee

    Very good, answers a lot of questions posed by the system.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Vinci

    Excellent Well written account of what information you need to navigate through the spaghetti of process and choice for Medicare products and services.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Good primer on decisions related to Medicare. Very readable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Actually a couple good chapters with practical advice (ch. 11)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim Zinkowski

    Useful information. An important reference and resource for anyone going into retirement.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Ferrari

    A lot of good basic information.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steven Basoa

    Excellent book. Easy to understand, helpful instructions and information. Probably dated by now, but very useful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ranjanks

    covered in very detail, although it is tough read but given the topic I doubt it was possible to make it more interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda Bieze

    I never really finished this book, but it has been a helpful reference in navigating the murky waters of Medicare.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lord

    Needs to be updated. Rather good.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Least Torque

    Definitely worth taking the time to read this useful book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hom Sack

    Kudos to AARP. Between: Medicare Made Clear (http://www.aarphealthcare.com/medicar...) SPRJ17111_FINAL - medicare-made-clear.pdf (http://goo.gl/EOxSt) and Patricia Barry's book, you should be able to avoid those nasty penalties that you may not know about, especially the "permanent" ones. Kudos to AARP. Between: Medicare Made Clear (http://www.aarphealthcare.com/medicar...) SPRJ17111_FINAL - medicare-made-clear.pdf (http://goo.gl/EOxSt) and Patricia Barry's book, you should be able to avoid those nasty penalties that you may not know about, especially the "permanent" ones.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dray

    This is a well writen book about a relatively complex subject. nearing medicare age i wanted to learn about the various facets of the program and this book does just that. because there are regional and local variations in coverage i would recommend consulting with local specialists about your area but this book gives you the bulk of info you need to make informed decisions.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Betsyvsews

    Wasn't able to finish it before I had to return it. It's a good, concise, clear explanation of Medicare. I can recommend it to anyone approaching Medicare enrollment or trying to help someone at that stage of life. Wasn't able to finish it before I had to return it. It's a good, concise, clear explanation of Medicare. I can recommend it to anyone approaching Medicare enrollment or trying to help someone at that stage of life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    Have actually been reading this book (twice now) over a period of weeks, to totally prepare myself for the Big 65 next year. Barry does an awesome job with her writing. I'm still nervous about the whole process, but she is an enormous help to my confidence. Thank you!! :-) Have actually been reading this book (twice now) over a period of weeks, to totally prepare myself for the Big 65 next year. Barry does an awesome job with her writing. I'm still nervous about the whole process, but she is an enormous help to my confidence. Thank you!! :-)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lewis Smith

    EXCELLENT book, a must read for anyone approaching Medicare eligibility!! Many, many details, reminders, and info related to avoiding problems with the various Medicare related products. Just added it to my "watch" list, to buy the 2019 edition (assuming there will be one). EXCELLENT book, a must read for anyone approaching Medicare eligibility!! Many, many details, reminders, and info related to avoiding problems with the various Medicare related products. Just added it to my "watch" list, to buy the 2019 edition (assuming there will be one).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Harley

    Full nuts and bolts about registering for Medicare.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Clear advice and guidance in step by step form.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janis

    Must read for anyone 64 years old. Helps clarify the very complex and confusing Medicare, Medigap, Part D and Medicare Advantage programs. Read it before your 65th birthday.

  29. 5 out of 5

    William

    Excellent resource for anyone considering Medicare. Explains Medicare A, B, D (and even C), Medigap, Medicare Advantage and issues bearing on using Medicare while having other medical insurance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tom Mangano

    Every thing you need to know if you are approaching 65. A very valuable resource.

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