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Answers and information about Medicare, prescription drug coverage and health insurance involves searching through hundreds of pages at government and private websites. To help seniors and caregivers get started in their search, our editors have compiled this digest of North Carolina Medicare help and information resources.
 
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Medicare Web Page:
NC Consumer’s Guide to Health Plan Selection

source: North Carolina Institute of Medicine
languages: English
"...To help families, people with disabilities, other consumers, and employers choose the health plan that best meets their needs, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NC•IOM) developed this North Carolina Consumer’s Guide to Health Plan Selection..."
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Medicare Web Page:
NCRx

"NCRx is Governor Easley’s new prescription drug assistance plan to help low-income seniors participate in the federal Medicare Part D prescription drug program..."
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Medicare brochure or publication:
The First Year for Seniors: Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage in North Carolina, 2006

source: NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund
file size: 2 pg.   languages: English
Medicare Part D 2006 Report prepared by The Lewin Group. "...This background report provides an overview of 2006 Medicare enrollment trends in North Carolina..."
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Medicare Web Page:
Health Plan Options (state employees, teachers, retirees)

source:The State Health Plan of North Carolina
file size: 8 pg.   languages: English
"The State Health Plan offers a wide range of health benefits to all eligible state employees, teachers, retirees and other individuals identified in the North Carolina General Statutes..."
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Medicare Web Page:
Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

source:North Carolina Department of Insurance
languages: English
From the web page: "The Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) answers questions and counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug plans, long-term care insurance and other health insurance concerns. ..."

 
more from North Carolina Department of Insurance:
Medicare Publication:
Is a Medicare Advantage Private- Fee-For-Service Plan Right for Me?
2 pages; languages: English


Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Supplement Premium Comparison Database
languages: English
from the web page: "...This is a free tool provided by the NC Department of Insurance. It is used to find the estimated premium rates for your Medicare supplement plans. It will show you the current estimated premiums and also a history of each policy's premium rates. "

Medicare Web Page:
Prescription Drug Coverage, Medicare Part D
languages: English
Multiple publications and Medicare information brochures. from the web page: "...SHIIP Publications, Outside Publications and Resources: "

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Medicare Web Page:
Medicare -Aid for help with Medicare costs

source: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance (DMA)
languages: English
Need Help paying your Medicare costs? Your Medicare-Aid Benefit depends on your monthly income

 
more from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance (DMA):
Medicare Web Page:
Medicare-Aid for Working Individuals With a Disability
languages: English
from the web page: "...Lost your entitlement to free Medicare Part A benefits because you returned to work and now have earned income? Medicaid has a Medicare-Aid program that may pay your Medicare Part A premium for you."

Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Part D - Information for NC Medicaid Recipients who are on Medicare
languages: English
from the web page: "...Starting in January 1, 2006, Medicare will help pay for your prescription drugs instead of Medicaid. This is called Medicare Part D."

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Medicare brochure or publication:
North Carolina Medicare Drug Plan Ratings

source:AARP
file size:5 pg.  languages: English
"...This AARP rating tool contains information about “stand-alone” Medicare plans in your state that cover only prescription drugs...."
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Medicare Web Page:
North Carolina: Medicare Hospital Payments

source:Kaiser Family Foundation / statehealthfacts.org
languages: English
Range of Medicare Payments (Low-25th Percentile/High-75th Percentile) for Top Five Elective Inpatient Hospital Procedures, FY2005
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Medicare Web Page:
The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D)

source:Medicare Rights Center
languages: English  
from the web page:...(Part D) covers most outpatient prescription drugs (the kind you get at the pharmacy or through mail-order). Unlike Medicare health benefits, though, Part D is only offered through private plans..."
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Medicaid brochure or publication:
Your Medicare Rights and Protections

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
44pp   languages: English
Fairly detailed explanations and descriptions about your Medicare rights and protections.
Medicaid brochure or publication:
A Consumer's Guide to Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in North Carolina

source:healthinsuranceinfo.net
file size: 40pg.   languages: English
from GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE. "...As a North Carolina resident, you have rights under federal and state law that will protect you when you seek to buy, keep, or switch your health insurance, even if you have a serious health condition. This guide describes your protections as a North Carolina resident....."
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Medicare brochure or publication:
State Pharmacy Listing - Aetna Medicare RxSM Plans - North Carolina

Aetna Medicare
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Medicaid brochure or publication:
Your Medicare Rights and Protections

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
44pp   languages: English
Fairly detailed explanations and descriptions about your Medicare rights and protections.
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Medicaid brochure or publication:
Medicare & You 2007 (North Carolina specific version)

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
152pp   languages: English and Spanish
from www.medicare.gov: "Medicare & You 2007... contains important information about what’s new, health plans, prescription drug plans, and rights and protections to help people with Medicare review their coverage options and prepare to enroll in a new plan if they choose. These files are ... the printed version that people with Medicare will get in the mail this fall. Plan information contained in each book may change after printing."
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