Fourth Annual National Medicare Education Week Helps Fight Medicare Confusion

  • In-person events and new online learning tools available to help
    people before Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period
  • UnitedHealthcare, AARP, Caregiver Action Network, National
    Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Walgreens, Albertsons,
    Safeway and others rallying behind effort

MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare is launching a series of new online learning tools for
this year’s National Medicare Education Week (Sept. 15-21), building on
its campaign to reduce Medicare confusion.

National Medicare Education Week offers educational events and resources
to baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers.
According to a UnitedHealthcare survey, more than 1 in 5 beneficiaries
describe Medicare as “confusing,” and 70 percent of people approaching
Medicare eligibility say they have a “fair” or “poor” understanding of
the program.1

New digital components of National Medicare Education Week this year

  • Online Medicare education courses in English and Spanish at
    respectively, featuring videos and quizzes. The courses are organized
    into chapters, enabling people to learn at their own pace.
  • Later this fall,
    will be available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Polish in order
    to help more people learn in their preferred language.
  • UnitedHealthcare will host a Facebook
    session Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. CT, where beneficiaries
    and their loved ones can get answers to their Medicare questions in
  • A new plan selection tool on
    will help older adults assess what type of Medicare plan might be
    right for them based on information they enter.

In addition, National Medicare Education Week’s popular event series is
back. UnitedHealthcare will host events in more than 10 cities,
including Spanish-language events in Los Angeles and San Antonio. At the
events, local UnitedHealthcare representatives will present information
and answer some of the most common Medicare questions. Ninety-seven
percent of last year’s event attendees said that their understanding of
Medicare improved as a result of participating in National Medicare
Education Week. To see the list of 2015 events and register, visit

“Health care decisions can be difficult, but choosing the right Medicare
coverage doesn’t have to be a hassle if you take steps to arm yourself
with knowledge and information,” said Steve Nelson of UnitedHealthcare.
“We hope that our expanded educational offerings will connect more
people than ever to the Medicare information they need, so older
Americans and caregivers will feel empowered during the Medicare Open
Enrollment Period this fall.”

National Medicare Education Week occurs one month before the start of
Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7). Supporters
include: AARP, the Caregiver Action Network, the National Association of
Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Walgreens, Albertsons and Safeway, as well
as local health care providers, senior centers and other organizations

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live
healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting
consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships
with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health
benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members,
retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries,
and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group
(NYSE:UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For
more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at
or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of
its affiliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a
Medicare contract and a Medicare- approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in
the plan depends on the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare.

1 Medicare Made Clear Index, 2013

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Betsy Chin, 952-931-6119