Medicare Rights Center Releases New Medicare Snapshot
— Highlights the Potentially Costly Mistake of Missing Part B Enrollment –
New York, NY—Today, the Medicare Rights Center released a new Medicare Snapshot: Stories from the Helpline, spotlighting the complexities of navigating Medicare enrollment. Every day, 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 and becoming eligible for Medicare, but the rules concerning how to enroll in Medicare are often unknown to retirees and people with disabilities.
“Too frequently, individuals mistakenly delay or decline Part B enrollment because they are unaware of their rights and obligations,” said Joe Baker, President of the Medicare Rights Center. “For those who fail to enroll in Part B in a timely manner, possible consequences include gaps in coverage, lifetime premium penalties, and disruptions in accessing needed care. Costly and disruptive Medicare enrollment mistakes are increasingly common and deserve the attention of federal lawmakers.”
To address these enrollment pitfalls, Medicare Snapshot outlines needed improvements to the Medicare enrollment process, including:
For those approaching Medicare eligibility, Medicare Snapshot offers this advice:
For additional help, beneficiaries and caregivers can visit Medicare Rights’ informational website at www.medicareinteractive.org, or call the national helpline at 800-333-4114. Other resources include 1-800-Medicare and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
Medicare Snapshot: Stories from the Helpline is available at: https://dev.medicarerights.org/medicare-snapshot-april-2015/
Contact: Mitchell Clark, Senior Communications Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-204-6286