Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Eldercare Resources

US News and World Report offers a series of articles on caring for aging parents. They provide information on switching Medicare Part D plans, Long Term Care Insurance, the possibility of eldercare benefits from employers, and the new Medicaid rules which make it much harder for the elderly to get coverage. Great information, as well as a list of useful resources. provides “Part D by the Numbers,” a useful chart that compares the 2006 and 2007 benefits. It also includes helpful info on getting out of the donut hole. This is helpful. I spent a couple of hours at Mom’s reading the whole Medicare manual and I’ve gotta’ tell you, I’m more confused than ever.

And just a reminder. You have until December 31 to change your Part D Plan—assuming you can find something in your area that will serve your parents better—or you’re locked in for another year. In my parents’ area, there aren’t many options.

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