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Medicare Open Enrollment

Monday, December 05, 2011

Senior program editor and online columnist at Consumer Reports, Nancy Metcalf, offers advice to procrastinators who are looking to take advantage of Medicare's open enrollment, which ends on Wednesday, 12/7.

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Comments [6]

carolita from NYC

what's with "enrollement periods"? Not everyone turns 65 at the same time. You should be able to enroll whenever. It's not like they're so overstaffed that spreading out enrollment over a year wouldn't help, I'm sure.

Dec. 08 2011 10:28 AM

As I told your call "screener", this medicare presentation had all informative charm of a "patent-medicine" salesman's pitch. I would suggest that Mr Lehrer, Ms Metcalf, and the call screener be forced to listen to this show and then, to paraphrase Brian's sincere, albeit glib, advice - ask a 15 year old to explain it.

My original question when I called would have been: "How did all these services get to be "free"? Who is actually paying the cost? Or are we all supposed to be in a collective ignorance until the next crisis emergency caused by our inattention to "cost-shifting".

What is especially disappointing, is Consumer Reports' shill role in this "3 card monte" scenario.

Dec. 05 2011 11:53 AM
from brooklyn

Slightly off topic - Unfortunately if younger people cannot afford to see doctors and dentists on regular basis in their 20s 30s 40s etc - there is a Much Higher chance that they will need increased medicare care and $$s when the time comes around. in the near future can your programme please address what the options are for younger people who do Not have health insurance and do not qualify for medicaid. I am 37 years old and recently had an emergency visit to NYU dental for a broken tooth, I now need to have 2 teeth removed because i could not afford to have regular check ups and treatment at a regular reputable dentist.
I know A Lot of people in the same position of not dealing with ailments because they fear the amount of tests / xrays / drugs they will inevitably have to pay for.
NYU was highly professional, and i wish i thought of it sooner.
thanks for the continuing to cover relevant issues we face in this country.

Dec. 05 2011 11:34 AM
RJ from prospect hts.

People should be *very careful* about switching from brand name to generic. Regardless of the law, the body reacts differently and I had a bad experience with a generic antidepressant and found that many others had the same problem by accident (an article in Newsday's science/health section while I happened to be flipping through the paper).

Another helpful organization is the nonprofit Medicare Rights Center, medicarerights.org or
800-333-4114, who are extremely helpful.

Dec. 05 2011 11:32 AM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

Please note that the savings are going to be obtained by paying even less than the already insufficient rates to medical providers. If things keep up at this rate, good luck finding a provider for all this expanded coverage at lower cost.

Dec. 05 2011 11:16 AM
Diane from NYC

Must nursing home residents be in a medicare advantage plan in order to be eligible for bed hold?

Is the state requiring 50% of long-term residents of nursing homes to be enrolled in a medicare advantage plan in order for the nursing home to offer bed-hold to residents?

Thank you

Dec. 05 2011 11:09 AM

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