6 Ideas to Strengthen Medicare

6 Ideas to Strengthen Medicare

Medicare has made an enormous difference in the health and lives of older Americans, but, as with every big program, there’s room for improvement. We asked experts for specifics. The suggestions listed below vary in cost and savings and are not universally supported. But all seek to make Medicare more patient-friendly and financially stable as it enters its sixth decade of service to the nation.

1. Notify everyone by mail about Medicare options as their 65th birthday approaches.

You’re largely on your own figuring out the tangle of rules, rates and deadlines that govern Medicare enrollment. Pestering older friends, searching websites, you may get basic things wrong and do major harm to your finances, not to mention your health.

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