2002-11-09 / Community

Free Medicare E-Newsletter For Recipients And Caregivers

Free Medicare E-Newsletter For Recipients And Caregivers

Free Medicare E-Newsletter For Recipients And Caregivers

This week the Medicare Rights Center (MRC) will debut "Dear Marci," a free, weekly electronic newsletter designed to help people with Medicare, their families and their caregivers understand their health care benefits and options.

MRC counselors designed the electronic newsletter, the first of its kind, to address frequently asked questions about Medicare. Each edition of "Dear Marci" will feature some basic health tips, Medicare coverage advice, health plan reminders, and links to vital health care resources on the Internet.

A national consumer advocacy organization, MRC answers over 75,000 consumer questions each year through its Medicare hotline and has trained and educated over 1,500 health care professionals to date. MRC President Robert Hayes said, "Thousands of older and disabled Americans now have another tool to inform and empower them as they make decisions about their health care. With a single e-mail, consumers can tap into expert advice that may save them precious time and money." "Dear Marci" will be distributed weekly by e-mail and spotlight different health care topics each month, from supplemental coverage to money-saving local and federal programs. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, "Dear Marci’s" four November editions will address common issues about Medicare’s coverage of home health and long-term care.

To sign-up readers should send e-mailto dearmarci@medicarerights.org with the word "subscribe" in the subject line. For a sample edition of the newsletter, please e-mail or call (212) 204-6233.

Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is a national, not-for-profit consumer service organization working to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities receive high-quality, affordable health care.

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