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Medicare For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-80519-0
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384 pages
October 2013
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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Medicare 5

Chapter 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare: What It Is and How It Works 7

Chapter 2: Spelling Out What Medicare Covers (A Lot, but Not Everything) 15

Chapter 3: Understanding What You Pay Toward Your Costs in Medicare 37

Chapter 4: Reducing Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Medicare 51

Part II: The Hows and Whens of Medicare 77

Chapter 5: Qualifying for Medicare 79

Chapter 6: Enrolling in Medicare at the Right Time for You 93

Chapter 7: Discovering How to Sign Up for Medicare 125

Chapter 8: Understanding How Medicare Fits In with Other Health Insurance 141

Part III: Making Smart Choices among Medicare's Many Options 163

Chapter 9: Making Sense of Medicare’s Many Options 165

Chapter 10: Choosing Wisely If You Go with Traditional Medicare 181

Chapter 11: Making Smart Choices If You Opt for Medicare Advantage 205

Chapter 12: Getting Help in Making Medicare Choices 217

Part IV: Navigating Medicare from the Inside 229

Chapter 13: Starting Out as a New Medicare Beneficiary 231

Chapter 14: Getting the Inside Scoop on Using Certain Medicare Benefits 259

Chapter 15: Changing Your Medicare and Medigap Coverage 285

Chapter 16: Knowing Your Rights 303

Part V: The Part of Tens 317

Chapter 17: Ten Proposed Changes to Medicare You Should Know About 319

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Stay Healthier Beyond Age 65 325

Part VI: Appendixes 331

Appendix A: Sources of Help and Information 333

Appendix B: Glossary 345

Index 351

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