Next Avenue: These new services may help you navigate the Medicare maze

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

Shopping for a Medicare policy and even just understanding what Medicare covers can be maddeningly difficult. But the new United Income’s Medicare Advice free personalized shopping service and the new free What’s Covered mobile app from Medicare itself could help make things easier. That app, sadly, has some serious limitations, though.

Making smart choices can mean saving serious money for people 65 and older, the age for the program’s beneficiaries.

“Out-of-pocket medical expenses for Americans over 65 average $4,300 a year,” according to a recent study by the Center for Retirement Research, said Elizabeth Kelly, senior vice president of operations at United Income, which is a financial services firm for boomers.

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