Learning Medicare is like learning a second language. Gain confidence and get clarity on key parts of Medicare.
There's always that one stupid mistake that changes everything BUT on a positive note, mistakes are important because they enable us to refine our process. It's impossible to predict every eventuality, and so when things go wrong, you learn what you need to focus your energy on. A friendly recommendation is, don't be so nonchalant with your Medicare benefits because it could be disastrous. Becoming aware of potential problems empowers you to make smart choices during your Medicare journey without picking up a few scars along the way. Whether you're a Medicare rookie or more seasoned it's never too late to learn more about the program.
I have been in the trenches of Medicare with beneficiaries just like you. I have been through every open enrollment since Part D started back in 2006. I actually still remember Medicare before there was Part D! Gosh, that’s strange to say. 😄
I was once in the very spot you are now, feeling overwhelmed, confused, and with more questions than answers. In the early part of my career I was working in an older adult community; my position was just created so I had no one to seek words of wisdom from. Quickly I discovered many of the residents had Medicare questions. It was up to me to figure Medicare out, get problems resolved and resolved timely.
Where to turn??? Calling 1-800-Medicare was time consuming and rarely helpful. I talked to Social Workers, who were a little more helpful. Then I searched the Internet (dial up😳) and learned a few things. While navigating all these avenues, I often thought, how is a normal adult supposed to do this?
Now I love and enjoy it 💖 and everyday is different. I always thought I've seen it all until the next day when similar issues had different outcomes. You think you know the answer but I learned through trial and error to adjust my thinking. I now say, "I believe I know the answer but let me do some more research first."
Why? Because Medicare is complex and seems to be different for every person. Medicare is one program but it truly impacts everyone differently.