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Turning 65? 5 Things Every Senior Should Know About Medicare

Extend Health, operator of the nation’s largest private Medicare exchange and a Towers Watson company, announced today the availability of two free guides designed to help seniors who are turning 65 – and becoming eligible for Medicare for the first time – navigate the complexity of their health care options to make informed choices about Medicare coverage:

Extend Health also issued an invitation today to all seniors to call Extend Health toll free at 1-866-322-2824 and speak with a licensed benefit advisor to learn more about original Medicare and Medicare supplemental plans (also known as Medigap plans). These personal consultations are also free to seniors.

A recent Extend Health survey of seniors 65 and older showed that when it comes to concerns about making ends meet in retirement, twice as many seniors said they were concerned about not having enough money for out-of-pocket medical expenses than five years ago,” said Bryce Williams, founder of Extend Health and Managing Director of Exchange Solutions for Towers Watson. “In fact, the high cost of health care and out-of-pocket expenses not covered by Medicare are seniors’ biggest financial concerns today.”

5 Things About Medicare That Matter Most

“Many seniors about to turn 65 don’t realize that the first time they choose Medicare coverage is the most important time because more options are available to them then than at any other time,” said Brady Thorup, Manager of Extend Health Benefit Advisor Training and Development. “If a senior is aging in to Medicare, he or she needs as much information as possible about the options available to make the best possible choices. Our benefit advisors help seniors build a Medicare coverage profile based on the status of their health, the prescription drugs they take and the doctors and hospitals they use. With original Medicare as a foundation, our benefit advisors work with seniors to find Medigap plans available on the Extend Health exchange from carriers in their region to ensure that they have coverage that meets their needs at a price they can afford.”

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