Q1Medicare.com Releases Updated Online Medicare.gov Plan Finder Tutorial

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Q1Medicare.com has released their updated 2012 Medicare.gov Plan Finder tutorial. The online tutorial guides users step-by-step through the Medicare.gov Plan Finder, illustrating important Medicare site features and offering tips for finding the most affordable health and prescription drug coverage. The tutorial is presented in an easy to use web-based format and is designed to accommodate the needs of anyone who is not a frequent user of the comprehensive Medicare plan search tool.

The goal of our tutorial is to provide a simple guide so the Medicare community can better navigate the Medicare.gov site and find the Medicare plan that most affordably meets their prescription and health coverage needs.

The Q1Medicare.com website now provides an updated version of their easy-to-use Medicare.gov Plan Finder tutorial. The Q1Medicare online tutorial guides users through the 2012 Medicare.gov Plan Finder and highlights interesting features of the Medicare system. Tips are provided throughout the tutorial to help assist new and returning Medicare.gov users.

People who used the Medicare.gov Plan Finder last year will be pleased to find that the preliminary entry screens are now more streamlined and the drug list they saved from last year’s session is still available if they have access to their Drug List ID and Password Date. People searching for medications will also find more flexibility when switching their search between brand-name and generic-equivalent drugs. Consistent with past Plan Finder versions, the most common medication strength and 30-day quantity are set as the default dosage for ease of data entry.

The pharmacy selection step (or Plan Finder Step 3 of 4) should not be overlooked this year as more Medicare Part D plans are working with preferred-network pharmacies that offer slightly lower drug prices as compared to the plan’s regular network pharmacies. If pharmacies are not selected in this step, Medicare beneficiaries may notice that in 2012 they are paying unexpected prices for their medications.

Once into the plan results, users of the Medicare.gov Plan Finder are given a wide assortment of search options, allowing users to keep their plan analysis at a high, overview level or dive deep into the plan details. Users at the highest level can select to search different plan types and compare up to three Medicare plans side-by-side. Users have the option to then click on the internal links under each plan for more information on the individual plan’s coverage details.

“The Medicare.gov Plan Finder provides a wealth of information, but for people unfamiliar with this site, the Plan Finder may add to the complexities Medicare beneficiaries face as they try to choose a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Part D prescription drug plan,” notes Dr. Susan Johnson, co-founder and technical director of the Q1Medicare.com site. “The goal of our tutorial is to provide a simple guide so the Medicare community can better navigate the Medicare.gov site and find the Medicare plan that most affordably meets their prescription and health coverage needs.”

The Medicare.gov Plan Finder tutorial can be found directly at Q1Medicare.com/tutorial.php and is available to the public at no cost. Like other Q1Medicare tools, the Medicare.gov tutorial is designed to work on PC, smartphone, and tablet platforms.

As a complement to the Medicare.gov Plan Finder, Q1Medicare.com has also updated their own online Medicare plan finder tools, the 2012 PDP-Finder.com and 2012 MA-Finder.com, both designed to provide the Medicare community with a quick overview of their 2012 Medicare plan options. Q1Medicare.com reminds seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries that they can enroll in a 2012 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan through Wednesday, December 7.

About the Q1Medicare.com Website
Q1Medicare.com is one of the largest independent online resources for Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and Medicare Advantage plan information. Q1Medicare offers a comprehensive section of Frequently Asked Questions, online tools, and a free Medicare Part D Newsletter all designed to help Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, advocates, advisers, and insurance agents better understand the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage programs. Q1Medicare.com is operated by Q1Group LLC (Saint Augustine, Florida).


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