Medicare 2012 handbook
Medicare and You 2012 is a handbook that is officially made by the US government and elaborates about many aspects of Medicare that one may need to know for the year.
Topics generally include the basics of Medicare, when to enroll for certain Medicare plans, how much these plans cost, what services are covered by these Medicare plans, possible choices to make when signing up for Medicare, assistance available to pay for any remaining services and other programs, all the rights and protection a member of Medicare has access to, and any resources and tools to use.
What the Medicare hand book offers
The handbook also offers many new things that Medicare may take a part of in 2012. One important thing to note includes the fact that the entire open enrollment period is earlier, running from October 15 to December 7, 2011. Also, the new special enrollment period allows the ability to switch to a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan that has a 5-star rating at any time during the year.
Medicare will allow for more preventative services like screening and counseling for alcohol abuse, depression, and obesity. Members may also qualify for savings on brand-name and generic drugs if they reach the coverage gap in their Medicare prescription drug coverage. Medicare will also take more action in the prevention of any possible fraud, waste, and abuse towards their clients.