Medicare and Medicaid

Are you feeling confused about Medicare or Medicaid? You are not alone. The library can help you access resources that address these topics so you can make sense of your options. Here are a few sources to find out more about health insurance.

If you are just getting started in your research on Medicare, the National Council on Aging has put together a helpful infographic on turning 65 to guide you. It provides basic information and resources based on how you answer questions on the chart. With such a complex topic, it can seem less daunting to start with some yes or no questions.

Next, you can head to the library and take a look at some of the books about Medicare and Medicaid:  

Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions If you have questions about Medicare, Medicaid or veteran benefits, this book provides a wide range of procedures and information.

Medicare for Dummies Nobody wants to feel like a dummy about Medicare, but this book does offer important, accessible information about the nuances of Medicare.

Social Security Landis includes real life examples in this book to help explain Medicare and Social Security. Illustrations and links to important websites also clarify processes which otherwise might be difficult to understand.

The Health and Medicine online resources the library offers might also come in handy. In particular, the Weiss Financial Rating Series Medigap feature allows you to see what Medigap plan might work best for you based on what Medicare covers and what your additional needs are.

MedlinePlus is a database created by the National Library of Medicine to provide up-to-date, reliable medical information that is accessible for anyone. Just use the website's search bar to look for Medicare or Medicaid and you can see basic definitions as well as information about what is covered and what your rights are.

The Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is part of a national network that provides free information about Medicare. This agency is also there for you if you need to report Medicare fraud or research veterans' resources.

If you need help accessing any of these resources or have further questions, you can always ask a librarian! We can't give you advice about Medicare or Medicaid, but we can point you to other resources that might help.

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