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March 27, 2012 > Are You Eligible for Medicare?

Are You Eligible for Medicare?

Health Insurance Seminar Will Discuss Qualifications and What Medicare Offers

According to the U.S. Census bureau, around 10,000 people turn age 65 every day in the United States. And with that birthday comes eligibility for Medicare, the health insurance program run by the federal government for people age 65 and older.

Medicare offers a wealth of health benefits, once you understand the details. That's where many people become overwhelmed. This year, there are four Medicare Advantage plans, 10 Medigap plans, and 33 different Medicare Part D plans to choose from - and every year elements of the Medicare Part D plans change.

"For those not yet on Medicare, or who may have heard scary things about it, choosing a plan can cause a lot of anxiety," according to Kristi Carracappa, Health Insurance Information Service Coordinator at Washington Hospital.

"But it's really an easy process once you have the right tools and information," she adds.

To help people learn about qualifications for Medicare and what Medicare offers, Washington Hospital is offering a free seminar on Monday, April 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Conrad E. Anderson M.D. Auditorium located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont. To register for the free seminar, visit or call (800) 963-7070.

During the seminar, Carracappa will explain what people need to know as they become eligible for Medicare. The lecture will discuss how Medi-Cal works with Medicare, and the differences between Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Supplement plans. You will also learn about Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans and the different options that are available. And for those still working, the seminar will cover how to transition from a group health insurance plan to Medicare once you retire.

The following questions will be answered at the upcoming seminar. You will also have the opportunity to ask your own questions.

* How Does Medicare Work?
* What Benefits Does Medicare Cover?
* What Costs Does Medicare Pay for?
* How Do I Sign Up?
* What if I am still working and covered by a group health insurance policy?

Washington Hospital Health Insurance Information Service

The Washington Hospital Health Insurance Information Service is a free, unbiased and confidential service that can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your health insurance. You can reach this health insurance service by calling (800) 770-9447 anytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can have your questions answered over the phone or set up an appointment for a personal consultation.

To learn more about all the services provided by the Washington Hospital Health Insurance Service, visit

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