Caregiver Tips: Medicare Part D
As a caregiver, family member, or friend, you want to help your friend or family member make informed decisions about their prescription drug and health care needs.
Start with these tips for talking to loved ones about health care decisions.
Gather information about medications, current health care plans and prescription drug insurance.
For help, download the information gathering checklist
See if your friend or family member qualifies for extra help
Medicare's extra help with premiums and copays.
Make a list of questions
Contact the plans you're considering if you haven't found all the information you need to choose a plan for your loved one.
Choose someone to help manage your health plan
Choose someone you trust such as a spouse, family member, caregiver or friend to access or help you manage your health plan. You can use the Authorization to Share Personal Information Form (PDF) to give others access to your account.
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Learn about Medicare enrollment windows and timing to avoid late enrollment penalties and limited choices.
You can choose your payment preference during your Medicare plan enrollment, or shortly thereafter.
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