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Cms Manual

Cms Manual

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CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES
&
Medicare
 You
2013
 
This is theocial U.S. government Medicare handbook:
Don’t forget that Open Enrollment begins and endsearlier—October 15–December 7.See page 12.
 
Now available or e-Reader
Visitwww.medicare.gov/publicationsto download a digital version o thishandbook to your e-Reader. You can get the same important inormationthat’s included in the printed version in an easy-to-read ormat that youcan take anywhere you go. Tis new option is available or the iPad, Nook,Sony e-Reader, Kindle, and all other e-Reader devices.
Please keep this handbook or uture reerence.
Inormation was correct when it was printed. Changes may occuraer printing. Visitwww.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE(1-800-633-4227) to get the most current inormation.Yusers shouldcall 1-877-486-2048.“Medicare & You” isn’t a legal document. Ocial Medicare Program legalguidance is contained in the relevant statutes, regulations, and rulings.
NEW!
 
Marilyn B. avennerActing AdministratorCenters or Medicare & MedicaidServices
Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary U.S. Department o Health and Human Services
Welcome to “Medicare & You” 2013
Tis year’s handbook is ull o important inormation to help answerquestions about your Medicare benets, 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 aord.We’re excited to continue implementing the new Medicare benets providedto you under the 2010 Aordable Care Act. Tere’s a lot o inormation aboutthis law in the news including many new opportunities or all Americans tocompare plans and get aordable health care coverage. Be assured that you’llstill have access to all o your guaranteed Medicare benets. In act, thisimportant piece o legislation extends the lie o the Medicare program andoers you real benets. 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 lie.Providing you with high quality aordable health care and adding benets tokeep you healthy will lead us in the right direction.I you have specic 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 129–132or the phonenumber.Yours in good health,/s/ /s/

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