Health Care


Learn Medicare basics through WISER's Medicare Basics fact sheets and related resources.

Check out WISER's InfographicSocial Security and Medicare Benefit Milestones 


People with Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace
If you are already covered by Medicare, your coverage will not be affected. Read this fact sheet by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to find out more and to protect yourself against Health Insurance Marketplace fraud. 

Long-Term Care:

Educate yourself about long-term care and long-term care insurance with these special reports and resources:

WISER Long-Term Care Resource Guide (pdf)

WISER Fact Sheet: LongTerm Care Insurance (pdf)

Sources of Information on Long-Term Care: - resource provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. Offers a variety of resources including a planning tool called "Path Finder" to help you find the most relevant information for your current situation.

Eldercare Locator-- Funded by the Administration for Community Living—provides help finding community services for seniors and caregivers to older adults in every community. Visit or call 1-800-677-1116.

American Council of Life Insurers-- Information on long-term care insurance, how to buy it and the tax treatment of premiums. Visit the long-term care consumer section of their website to learn more.  The Long-Term Care Insurance Brochure answers commonly asked questions about long-term care insurance and provides a checklist for selecting a policy.

National Council on Aging-- Information on long-term services and supports and caregiving available at or call 1-800-373-4906.  Also, see NCOA's Benefits Checkup, an online resource to quicky find benefit programs that can help seniors pay for medications, health care, food, utilities, and more. Go to

Genworth Financial "Cost of Care Survey"-- Provides state-by-state comparison of the cost of long-term care, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health aides, etc.

Sources of Information on Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap Insurance:

Social Security Administration-- For information about eligibility or applying for Medicare, call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or go to

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-- The federal agency that administers the Medicare program and oversees the state Medicaid programs. For information, call 1-800-633-4227 or go to

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP)-- SHIP programs are independent programs, funded by federal agencies that provide free, personalized counseling to help with your individual Medicare adn supplemental insurance questions and decisions. Find your local SHIP here

Medicare Rights Center-- Information about Medicare benefits for consumers and caregivers.

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