Marilyn B. avennerActing AdministratorCenters or Medicare & MedicaidServices
Secretary U.S. Department o Health and Human Services
Welcome to “Medicare & You” 2013
Tis year’s handbook is ull o important inormation to help answerquestions about your Medicare benets, coverage options, rights, and more.Medicare is stronger than ever and we’re working hard to make sure you havereliable, high-quality health care at a cost you can aord.We’re excited to continue implementing the new Medicare benets providedto you under the 2010 Aordable Care Act. Tere’s a lot o inormation aboutthis law in the news including many new opportunities or all Americans tocompare plans and get aordable health care coverage. Be assured that you’llstill have access to all o your guaranteed Medicare benets. In act, thisimportant piece o legislation extends the lie o the Medicare program andoers you real benets. Here are some improvements people with Medicarehave seen so ar because o this law:
More than 32.5 million people received one or more preventive service at nocost, helping them nd and treat health problems early.
In 2011, 3.6 million people with Medicare received a 50% discount onbrand-name prescription drugs, when they reached the Part D donut hole.Tat’s a savings o about $600 per person.Our goal is or you to live a healthier, prosperous, and more productive lie.Providing you with high quality aordable health care and adding benets tokeep you healthy will lead us in the right direction.I you have specic questions about Medicare, visit the newly redesignedwww.medicare.gov to nd the answers you need aster and more easily thanever. You also can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Y usersshould call 1-877-486-2048. For personal assistance, you can turn to yourlocal State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)—they’ve beenhelping people with Medicare or 20 years. Seepages 129–132or the phonenumber.Yours in good health,/s/ /s/