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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 Wisconsin Medicare help and information resources.
 
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Publication or Brochure:
Medigap Helpline (State Health Insurance Assistance Program)

source:State of Wisconsin, Board on Aging and Long Term Care
19 pages; languages: English
from the web page: "The Medigap Helpline (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) can help you with questions about health insurance; primarily Medicare Supplements, Long Term Care Insurance, and other health care plans available to Medicare beneficiaries..."

 
more from State of Wisconsin, Board on Aging and Long Term Care:
Publication or Brochure:
MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS: WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE 2006?
file size: 2 pg.   languages: English
from the publication: "In 2007, the Medigap Helpline has received calls from people all over Wisconsin with questions and concerns about Medicare Advantage plans. Advantage Plan seminars and countless home visits took place all over the state last year touting the value of enrolling in an Advantage Plan. There have been a variety of calls to the Medigap Helpline about those meetings. Here is some of what we have heard in our office:."

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Web Page:
Learn About Medicare Rx

source:Medicare Part D: Prescription Drugs - CWAG Elder Law Center
languages: English
topics listed on the web page: "What is Medicare Part D?; Who is eligible? What is covered under the plan? What will my prescriptions cost? What if I can't afford the cost? Who provides the drug coverage? What if I have other drug coverage? How do I enroll in a Part D Plan? ..."

 
more from Medicare Part D: Prescription Drugs - CWAG Elder Law Center:
Web Page:
Discover Your Rx Coverage Options
languages: English
topics listed on the web page: "First Steps to an Rx Program in Wisconsin; A Tool for Discovering Your Rx Coverage Options; Prescription Drug Programs in Wisconsin; Special Concerns; Get Help with Your Options..."

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Web Page:
SeniorCare and Medicare Part D

source:Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
languages: English
From the web page: "SeniorCare is Creditable Coverage... The Wisconsin SeniorCare prescription drug assistance program is considered “creditable coverage.” This means SeniorCare is as good as the standard Medicare Part D plan..."

 
more from Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services:
Publication or Brochure:
Frequently Asked Questions About HIRSP and Medicare’s Prescription Drug Coverage
file size: 2 pg.   languages: English  date:August, 2005
Q & A about how new Medicare Prescription drug coverage will effect people enrolled in HIRSP, and HIRSP coverage.

Web Page:
Wisconsin Consumer Guide to Health Care: Medicare
languages: English  date:August, 2005
topics covered include Medigap, Medicare Advantage, Prescription drugs and more

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Web Page:
Wisconsin Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare - 2007

source: State of Wisconsin, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
57 pgs; languages: English
from the publication: "This booklet briefly describes the Medicare program. It also describes the health insurance available to those on Medicare."

 
more from State of Wisconsin, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance:
Publication or Brochure:
Medicare Supplement Insurance Approved Policies - January 2007
file size: 174 pg.   languages: English
from the booklet: "This booklet contains information on Medicare supplement insurance policies approved by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI). It includes only policies currently being sold in Wisconsin. Group policies sold through employers are not included in this booklet. The annual premium rates listed are current as of the date on the front of the booklet..."

Publication or Brochure:
Medicare Advantage – Questions and Answers
file size: 174 pg.   languages: English
from the booklet: "This booklet contains information on Medicare supplement insurance policies approved by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI). It includes only policies currently being sold in Wisconsin. Group policies sold through employers are not included in this booklet. The annual premium rates listed are current as of the date on the front of the booklet..."

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Brochure or publication:
DeanCare Rx: Wisconsin’s Own Prescription Drug Plan

source:Dean Health System
file size: 2 pg.   languages: English  date:August, 2005
our comments: from the document: "Choosing a Prescription Drug Plan is an important decision. With DeanCare Rx, you can feel secure in your choice because..."
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Brochure or publication:
Wisconsin 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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Web Page:
Find a Medicare Participating Physician/Supplier

source:Wisconsin Physicians Service (WPS)
 languages: English
".Participating physicians and suppliers are health care providers that have entered into a contract with the Medicare Part B program..."
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Web Page:
BenefitsCheckUp - NCOA's Online Screening Service

source:National Council on Aging.
 languages: English
"BenefitsCheckUp screenings help Wisconsin seniors with limited income find programs to help pay for prescription drugs, energy assistance, food stamps, Alzheimer's care and more...."
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Web site:
Northern Area Agency on Aging

 languages: English
"The Northern Area Agency on Aging is one of five regional area agencies on aging in Wisconsin that administers federal and state resources for the development and maintenance of programs and services for older adults...."
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Brochure or publication:
Medicare: Understanding Your Options

source:Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
2 pp; languages: English
""...This brochure will explain the differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage..."
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Web Page:
Wisconsin: 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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Publication or Brochure:
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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Publication or Brochure:
A Consumer's Guide to Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in Wisconsin

source:healthinsuranceinfo.net
file size: 46pg.   languages: English
from GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE. "...As a Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin resident...."
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Publication or Brochure:
State Pharmacy Listing - Aetna Medicare RxSM Plans - Wisconsin

Aetna Medicare
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Web page:
Medicare Topics and CMS News

source:Wisconsin Medical Society

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Publication or Brochure:
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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Publication or Brochure:
Medicare & You 2007 (Wisconsin specific version)

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  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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