4 Things You Can Do to Help Your Parents Transition to Medicare

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

You may have reached a phase of your life where you are the sandwich generation; raising your own children and helping your aging parents in their transition to the next phase of their lives. Two of the biggest decisions that people go through as they reach the age of 65 are whether to retire and when to start Medicare. Most people know that Medicare is our national health insurance program for seniors but many don’t know that it is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or that Medicare has four parts (A-D).

Your parents may be feeling overwhelmed about how to get started, what their options are and how much add-ons will cost. Adult children may be eager to help but may also not know where to

start. Luckily, there are many resources available that can help adult kids prepare their parents for the transition to Medicare. In the meantime, we discuss four helpful tips that can be used to help parents get the ball rolling so they will make the best decisions for the health insurance they will use in their retirement years.

4 Things Adult Kids Can Do to Help Their Parents Transition to Medicare

1. Start with the basics

Until you understand what Medicare offers seniors in all its parts, it will be difficult to help your parents with their options. You will be looking for answers to questions such as what is Medicare Part A, B, C and D? What do they cost and what choices are available for each option? What is original Medicare versus Medicare offered by private insurance companies? Click here to download the official U.S. government Medicare Handbook Medicare & You for answers to some basic questions.