New to Medicare Checklist Provides Simple Answers and Action Steps for Newly Eligible Beneficiaries

New to Medicare Checklist Provides Simple Answers and Action Steps for Newly Eligible Beneficiaries

This new web-based and downloadable tool guides people who are newly eligible for Medicare (either by age or having a disability) through commonly asked questions and important action steps to take to ensure they get the most of their Medicare coverage. This tool helps beneficiaries:

  • Understand how to enroll in Medicare, and understand the rules for when they can delay enrollment without a penalty;
  • Know if they have creditable drug coverage (either through Medicare Part D or other drug coverage);
  • Know their options for supplementing Medicare;
  • Be aware of low-income programs to help cover Medicare costs for those who qualify; and
  • Know resources available for help and for more information on each question.

As the baby boomer population continues to age, this is a handy tool for advocates, providers and counselors to give to their clients, both those coming into Medicare due to age, and those qualifying due to a disability.

View this tool online or download the pdf version.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.