Most Medicare subscribers have just received their 142-page, red, white, and blue Medicare & You booklet for 2013.
If you want to find out what your Medicare monthly premium will be next year, don’t hunt. It isn’t there. The Medicare premium and deductible amounts weren’t available at the time of printing. They will be announced later.
Knowing that the number of people 65 and over using the web has tripled in the past 10 years, and—keeping up with modern trends—Medicare is now offering Medicare & You in an optional online-only format.
You will be able to go on the web at www.medicare.gov and access all the same information found in your printed handbook. You can learn what’s new for the year, how Medicare works with your other insurance, get Medicare costs, and find out what Medicare covers. Even better, the handbook information on the web is updated regularly, so you can instantly find the most up-to-date Medicare information.
You can also do a lot of things on your own, like replace your Medicare card, change your address, sign up, or make changes to your Medicare coverage, and find out important dates.
You can also take advantage of some other great features to get just want you need: Search quickly for what you want and print only the pages you need, while getting the latest, up-to-date official Medicare information, including the most recent list of available plans. And you can get “Medicare & You” in different formats, like large print, eBook, or audio, as well as subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when information is updated, and access personalized information
It’s too late for this year, but to order your next Medicare and You publication in online-form only, got to https://www.medicare.gov/gopaperless/home.aspx and sign up. In a few simple steps, you’ll be all set. Sign up today, and they will send you an e-mail including a link to the 2014 online Medicare & You when it is ready. It’s instant, current, and convenient. You’ll need to have your Medicare card handy.