INITIATIVE TO HELP SENIORS UNDERSTAND MEDICARE PART D

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Wilmington, Del, was one of the first cities to debut My Medicare Matters, a new comprehensive national eduction program to assist Medicare individuals in understanding the new Medicare Part D Drug Benefit. The initiative will help seniors assess their personal situation, compare plan options, understand their choices, and make the enrollment decision that is appropriate for their health and financial situation. My Medicare Matters provides a combination of technology and mobile education teams for one-on-one help for seniors and other individuals with Medicare.

During events sponsored by community- based organizations, seniors will have the opportunity to talk with benefit educators about coverage options. The educators will use Internet-based tools such as BenefitsCheckUpRx from the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) or the Medicare Plan Finder to review the individual's options. The mobile education teams are available to help seniors complete the on-line enrollment process or advise them about methods for joining a plan.

The www.mymedicarematters.org Web site is available for use by Medicare beneficiaries, by their family members and friends, or by professionals and organization staff members. Individuals will be able to enroll on-line or request extra help from the Social Security Administration. The program is sponsored by NCOA and the Access to Benefits Coalition. AstraZeneca is lending its support with an initial $10 million grant to NCOA.