Monday, December 15, 2008

Launch of new website for Caregivers

I just discovered a new website launched last month by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, designed specifically for caregivers. It is estimated there are 1 million long-distance caregivers. We are in need of a place to go for trustworthy information about programs, services and benefits.

This is so much more than just a website. It's an invaluable portal to a wealth of resources. It is definitely worth your time to take a few minutes to look at this site and bookmark it for future reference.

This new "Ask Medicare" website provides easy-to-find links to resources and partner organizations. It includes four content areas:
* Billing (how to read a Medicare summary; how to file a claim, appeal, grievance; how to report fraud
* Navigating Medicare (how to enroll; how to compare drug, health and Medigap plans; how to find in-home services)
* Care Options (how to compare in-home versus nursing home alternatives; how to compare facilities)
* Getting Help -- (their "Caregiving Exchange". How caregivers can get financial help and find local support. Also, included are a list of related message boards, newsletters and stories of other caregivers.)

If you're still reading, don't stop now!!! Click on the following links and view this wonderful resource. Also, take a moment to check out the "Caregiving Exchange" and sign up for their bimonthly newsletter update.