A Medicare Minute

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Medicare CardThe core purpose of the entire OurSeniors.net Family is to serve the needs of seniors in every way we can. We do this in person at our Brunch and Learn Events and sometimes through our professional office staff. We also devote a great effort to our printed magazine, the OurSeniors.net Magazine. We understand the preference many seniors continue to have for in-hand, printed material.
We also understand that seniors are far more tech-savvy than many younger people think. After all, this is the internet isn’t it? Here are two quick Medicare-on-the-web tips that can save you time and future problems:

About Your Personal Medicare Information

If you have not already done so, make sure Medicare can give your personal health information to someone other than yourself. The unexpected can always occur, and seniors should be especially prepared to deal with it. What would happen if you or a loved one were to be suddenly incapacitated and unable to act on your own behalf. You can avoid a lot of lost time and possible complications by planning and designating a person to have access to your personal Medicare information.
This can be done by using the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) Form 10106.  The “Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information Form” allows your spouse or family member to act for you when getting Medicare information. This should probably be kept with your Medical Power of Attorney.  You can download and print a copy of this form from several sites on the internet. Just use your favorite browser and enter the search term, “CMS Form 10106.” Fill out the form, keep a copy with your important papers and return the original to:

Medicare CCO
Written Authorization Dept.
PO Box 1270
Lawrence, KS 66044

Remember! Keep a physical copy where your chosen loved one can find it if needed.

Sign Up for the “Medicare & You” eHandbook

Each year, the Medicare Administration mails out millions of printed copies of the “Medicare and You” handbook. This official Medicare publication is a guide to the Medicare system and should be a part of your planning each year. It contains information on Parts A, B, D, Medicare Advantage Plans and many other topics.
Now, the Medicare Administration is encouraging people to take delivery of this publication by email. This is a great way to get Medicare information faster, with all the same information as the printed version. When there are updates, you’ll always have the most recent information. Tech-savvy seniors will know that it is searchable, meaning that you can find the information you need right away.
Sign up for future email delivery at Medicare and You eHandbook. It will make your life easier.
OurSeniors.net will continue to bring you Medicare Minutes from time to time. We know that Medicare and Social Security issues are likely to be on the minds of all seniors. This is one important way we can serve the needs of seniors – that is what we do!
For any senior-related problems or concerns, you can contact an OurSeniors.net Advisor by phone at 866-333-2657 (se habla Español), or by using Contact Us. Check out our website at Ourseniors.net and take an online look at our senior living magazine, OurSeniors.net Magazine. You can view the entire OurSeniors.net Directory of Approved Vendors.
Have a great day!

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