Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs):
A program established under the Older Americans Act in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans age 60 and over in every local community. AAAs provide a range of options that allow older adults to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best.
Annual Open Enrollment Period:
A roughly two-month period each fall (October
15-December 7) when eligible beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare for the first time, change their existing coverage or add Medicare Advantage or a prescription drug plan to their coverage.
A Medicare enrollee. To qualify for Medicare, people must be 65 or older or have received Social Security disability benefits for two years or more.
A private insurance company that pays Medicare for benefits.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): The federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that administers Medicare, Medicaid and several other health-related programs.
A percentage of the cost of healthcare services
or prescription drugs for which the beneficiary is responsible for paying out of pocket. This is a form of cost sharing.Download the Glossary
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