Shop & Compare Plans Now with the New Medicare Plan Finder

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Open enrollment begins today! Now is the time to review your Medicare health and prescription drug coverage and make changes if it no longer meets your needs. The new Medicare Plan Finder is now available to help you compare 2020 coverage options and shop for plans.

The Plan Finder is now mobile-friendly, so you can use it on your smart phone, tablet, and desktop! It will guide you step-by-step through the process of comparing plans. It has a simple, easy-to-read design to help you learn about and select options that are best for your health needs.

Take action against the flu

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Flu season is here, which means it’s time to take action, and protect yourself and loved ones by getting a free flu shot.

Flu viruses change each year, so it’s important to get a flu shot each flu season. Once per flu season, flu shots are free for people with Medicare, when you get it by doctors, or other health care providers (like senior centers and pharmacies) that take Medicare.

National Influenza Vaccination week is December 17. Make sure to take preventive actions like:

  • Washing your hands

Get ready for Medicare’s Open Enrollment

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period is just two weeks away. From October 15 to December 7, you can enroll in health and drug plans for 2020. Use these 5 quick tips to get ready for Medicare’s Open Enrollment.

Check your mail. You may get important notices from your current plan, Medicare, or Social Security about changes to your coverage or any Extra Help you may get paying for prescription drugs. You’ll also get brochures from companies that offer Medicare health and prescription drug plans. Just remember  — plans aren’t allowed to call or come to your home without an invitation from you.

It’s time for your yearly mammogram!

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Over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, making it one of the most common cancers in women. Getting your yearly mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early.

Mammograms are breast cancer screenings that can detect a lump up to 3 years before you or your doctor can feel it. This helps to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Women between the ages of 50-74 should have a mammogram every year- and Medicare covers mammograms at no cost if your doctor accepts assignment. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks, and to schedule your next screening. Early detection improves survival for all women. There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. Everything you do makes a difference.

Get Medicare information in an accessible format

Just as there are many types of people with Medicare, there are many ways for you to get information about our program. Did you know you have the right to get Medicare information in an accessible format, like Braille, large print, data/audio files, relay services and TTY communications?

While our print publications and Medicare.gov website are always available, we can also send you upon request Medicare information for free in accessible formats. Don’t worry—if you ask us for information in an accessible format and it takes a while to fulfill your request, you’ll get extra time to take action.

Save time & paper—get “Medicare & You” handbook electronically!

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Have you signed up yet to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically? It’s an easy way to get the Medicare information you need while helping us reduce paper waste. The eHandbook is an online version of your trusted “Medicare & You” handbook, with all the same information as your paper copy. The “Medicare & You” eHandbook is searchable, letting you find the information you need quickly and easily.

Ready to sign up for the e-version of the “Medicare & You” handbook instead of the paper copy? Follow these 2 simple steps at Medicare.gov/gopaperless:

Notice symptoms of ovarian cancer

All women are at risk for ovarian cancer, but the greatest number of ovarian cancers occur in women 60 years or older. For women in the United States, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death.

Ovarian cancer signs

Early diagnosis is the key to survival, and the key to early diagnosis is recognizing the symptoms of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urgency or frequency of urination

Ovarian cancer diagnosis

Try our new and improved Medicare Plan Finder

Medicare’s redesigned Plan Finder makes it easier than ever to compare coverage options, shop for plans and feel confident in your choice — even when you’re on-the-go. This mobile-friendly tool now works on your smart phone, tablet, and desktop.

New to Medicare?

You’ll need to make a few decisions about how you get your Medicare coverage and what benefits are important to you. Before shopping for health and drug plans:

  • Select “Learn more about Medicare coverage options” in Plan Finder to learn about and compare Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage options and costs
  • Create an account for a more personalized experience

Make sure you’re protected from hepatitis

Did you know there are 5 different types of viral hepatitis? These viruses cause more than one million deaths each year, and that number keeps growing.

Fortunately, Medicare can help keep you protected from Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the most common types of viral hepatitis in the United States.

Hepatitis is contagious. The Hepatitis B and C viruses spread through contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. These viruses can cause either a mild illness, lasting a few weeks (acute) or a serious long-term illness (chronic) that can lead to liver disease or liver cancer.

The time is now, get tested for HIV

Did you know today is National HIV testing day? Approximately 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) today, and 1 in 7 are unaware they are infected.

Getting medical care, support, and maintaining safe behaviors can help improve the health and lives of people living with HIV.

Medicare covers HIV screenings for people with Medicare, who ask for the test, are pregnant, and people at an increased risk for the infection (such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or people with multiple sexual partners).