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Stop the flu before it hits

Colder weather is here, which means flu season isn’t far behind. Getting your free flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones this season. Get your flu shot early and stay healthy! Flu viruses change from year to year, so it’s important to get a flu shot each flu season. It’s free for […]

Don’t forget your mammogram this year!

Over 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, making it one of the most common cancers in women. Getting a yearly mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early. Mammograms are breast cancer screenings that can detect a lump up to 3 years before you or your doctor can feel it. […]

Medicare Open Enrollment is coming soon—add it to your fall checklist

As fall sets in, the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, and Medicare open enrollment is right around the corner. Medicare’s Open Enrollment runs from October 15–December 7. It’s important that your health plan meets the changing demands in your life. Now’s your chance to review your coverage and see if you need […]

Guard Your Medicare Number

Fight health care fraud: guard your Medicare number! The next Medicare Open Enrollment season (October 15 to December 7) is almost here, which means fraudsters and identity thieves will increase their efforts to get and abuse Medicare numbers from people like you. Fortunately, there are many measures you can take to fight health care fraud: […]

Save time & paper—Get “Medicare & You” electronically!

Did you know that instead of getting a paper copy of your “Medicare & You” handbook every fall, you can sign up to get it electronically? The eHandbook is an online version of your trusted “Medicare & You” handbook and has all the same information as your paper copy. The difference is that it’s updated […]

Learn the signs for ovarian cancer

Each year, about 20,000 women in the U.S. get ovarian cancer. It’s also the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. Early diagnosis is the key to survival, and the key to early diagnosis is recognizing the symptoms of ovarian cancer: Bloating Pelvic or abdominal pain Trouble eating or feeling full quickly Urgency […]

Nursing Home Compare quality ratings now work better for you

You may already use our Nursing Home Compare site to compare nursing homes and choose one with quality in mind. We know that nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. That’s why we’ve recently updated the ratings on Nursing Home Compare to include new quality measures, giving […]

Helping Patients and Their Families Choose Hospitals

Choosing a hospital can be overwhelming. You want to be sure you’re getting high-quality care in a positive environment – and preferably close to home. Because hospitals can differ in the safety and quality of care they give, we’ve made our Hospital Compare website easier to use by adding an overall hospital quality star rating. You may […]

Take the easy step to protect yourself from pneumonia

Did you know that 1,000,000 Americans go to the hospital with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease is spread by direct person-to-person contact. There’s a vaccine to help prevent pneumonia, but only 61% of adults […]

Protect yourself from hepatitis

Did you know hepatitis kills close to 1.4 million people worldwide every year? Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver often caused by viruses, affects millions of people worldwide. This year, you can join the global movement to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat, and Medicare can help. Hepatitis is contagious. For example, […]

Take control, take the test for HIV

Did you know that 1 in 8 of the more than 1.2 million Americans living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they have it? 90% of new HIV infections in the U.S. could be prevented by testing, diagnosing, and treating early. It’s important to get HIV-infected people the medical care and support they need […]

Do Your Part for the Environment—Go Paperless!

On June 5, more than 100 countries worldwide will be celebrating World Environment Day—a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment. How can you do your part to help the environment?  One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you have an eReader (like an […]

Even “healthy” men need health screenings

Did you ever put off doing a task or getting a test and later wished you’d just gotten it over with? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened for prostate cancer, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Screening tests can find cancer […]

Today’s the day to quit tobacco

If you or a loved one is hooked on tobacco, make today, May 31—designated by the World Health Organization as World “No Tobacco” Day—your starting point to kick the habit. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 1 in every 10 adult deaths, but Medicare can help you quit smoking. […]

Filing a complaint is easier than ever

We hope that all of your health care experiences are positive. But if they’re not, we want filing a complaint to be as easy as possible. That’s why we offer you a variety of tools to express your concerns. One of those tools is the ability to file a complaint (sometimes called a “grievance”). Is […]