New Consumer Reports Guide Reviews 6 Things to Know About Medicare

Consumer Reports recently came out with a new guide to Medicare. It’s designed to highlight 6 important aspects of Medicare coverage that relate to health care reform changes.  The guide covers:

  • New sizable Part D drug discounts for people who reach the coverage gap, known as the donut hole.
  • Medicare’s expansion of FREE preventive care services.
  • New limits on annual out of pocket costs when in a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Possible reduction in MA plan benefits as Medicare decreases their payments to these plans.
  • Medicare Part B and D premium cost increases for beneficiaries with high incomes.
  • New Annual Election Period (AEP) dates where beneficiaries can enroll into, disenroll from and/or switch Medicare Advantage and Part D plans (October 15 – December 7).

It also covers what one needs to know before signing up for Medicare, and lists resources and contacts of agencies/organizations who can be of assistance with Medicare questions and advocacy issues.  In addition, our very own Bonnie Burns, CHA’s Training and Policy Specialist, is quoted on pages 12 -13.

Download the 16 page guide, Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know (PDF) for the details. Consumer Reports has another report, The Affordable Care Act: The First Year (PDF), that’s all about health care reform and includes info on Medicare changes.

Visit ConsumerReports’ website to access additional health insurance and healthy living related information.



Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.