Medicare can be confusing. These resources can help.


Medicare can be confusing. These resources can help.


The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) kicked off on October 15, so now’s the time to research what plan options are available and which are a good fit for your loved one. With so many resources out there, you might be wondering where to start. I’ve rounded up my top five must-read article recommendations for caregivers and their loved ones this AEP season. 

Happy reading! 

Unpacking the parts of Medicare: Parts A, B, C, D and Medicare Supplement plans

If you’re looking to help your loved one get started on their plan search, you’ll likely want to start with the basics. Medicare is broken down into four parts – A, B, C and D. This article can help get you and your loved one up to speed on what each part covers to determine the right plan option before the December 7 deadline.

A guide to the most commonly misunderstood Medicare terms

After you’ve read up on the basics, you might have some questions on the terminology. Whether you’re wondering what a formulary is or the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, the above article can help you understand some frequently misunderstood terms. 

Medicare myths: The good, the bad and the ugly

Now, perhaps more than ever, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. The above article outlines a discussion with a member experience strategist at Aetna, debunking some of the common misconceptions about Medicare. The article cuts through the clutter to provide the information your loved one will need to make an informed decision.

Tips for planning for Medicare costs: A conversation with Aetna’s Frankie Satterfield-Vaughn

It’s common for caregivers and their loved ones to ponder what Medicare costs look like and how best to plan for them. In this article, Director of National Distribution for Aetna, Frankie Satterfield-Vaughn, breaks down how to get the most out of your Medicare coverage while sticking to a budget that fits your lifestyle.

5 questions to help you choose the right Medicare plan

Besides considering important aspects of choosing a plan such as cost, during the Annual Enrollment Period you’ll also want to be sure your loved one is thinking through the right questions to understand their own unique needs, including how certain plans might be able to cater to those needs. Guiding them through the above article will help personalize the plan review process. 

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