Our best advice? As you review your Medicare coverage this fall, it’s more important to focus on how well your plan is working for you—and whether you should make a change or stay the course. “A lot of people are concerned,” says Medicare expert Adrienne Muralidharan, senior product specialist for the Allsup Medicare Advisor, a nationwide provider of Medicare plan-selection services. “If I were advising a customer, I’d suggest focusing on your own health care needs and how well they’re being taken care of first.”
iStockphoto/ThinkstockOn TV, in newspapers, and on the Internet, pundits speculate endlessly about how health care reform, the down economy, and aging baby boomers will affect Medicare’s future — and your benefits tomorrow. But so far, the reality is that Medicare’s gotten even better for many people — thanks to a wealth of new, free preventive services and to government efforts to close the “donut hole,” where seniors must pay dramatically higher prices for prescription drugs.