Fifth Annual National Medicare Education Week Empowers Older Americans with Tools and Information to Make Medicare Decisions with Confidence

  • Community events and online resources available to help people
    before Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15-Dec. 7
  • Campaign supporters include UnitedHealthcare, Walgreens, Caregiver
    Action Network, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging,
    SilverSneakers, AARP and others

MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare invites Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers to attend
community education events across the country and explore online
learning tools during this year’s National Medicare Education Week
(Sept. 15-21).

In its fifth year, National Medicare Education Week begins one month
before the start of Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period (Oct.
15-Dec. 7) and offers educational events and resources to baby boomers,
Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers.

With more than 56 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, the number of
people in need of clear information about Medicare is growing. National
Medicare Education Week was established to help meet this demand and
help people make informed, confident decisions about their Medicare

Education Opportunities in Local Communities
Medicare Education Week’s popular event series returns this year, with
UnitedHealthcare hosting events in more than 20 cities around the
country. At the events:

  • Local UnitedHealthcare representatives will present information and
    answer frequently asked Medicare questions. Ninety-six percent of last
    year’s event attendees said their understanding of Medicare improved
    as a result of participating in National Medicare Education Week
  • Walgreens will be onsite and make available pneumonia and/or flu
    vaccinations at select National Medicare Education Week community
    events across the country.1
  • To see the list of 2016 events and reserve a spot, visit

Online Resources
People can also participate in National
Medicare Education Week through a wide range of easy-to-use digital
resources including:

  • Online Medicare education information on the newly redesigned,
    now available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Polish in
    order to help more people learn in their preferred language.
  • A Facebook Q&A (
    session hosted by UnitedHealthcare on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 4
    p.m. CT, where people eligible for Medicare and their loved ones can
    get answers to their Medicare questions from experts in real-time.

“Health care coverage options can be overwhelming, but selecting a
Medicare plan can be simple,” said Steve Nelson, CEO of
UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare & Retirement business. “Our goal during
National Medicare Education Week is to make information easily available
so people can learn about their Medicare choices and confidently choose
coverage that meets their health and budget needs.”

National Medicare Education Week supporters include: Walgreens,
Caregiver Action Network, National Association of Area Agencies on
Aging, SilverSneakers and AARP, as well as local health care providers,
senior centers and other organizations nationwide.

For more information about National Medicare Education Week, visit

About 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 1 million physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
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Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of
its affiliated companies. For Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug
Plans: A Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a
Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in these plans depends on
the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare.


1 Charges may apply. Walgreens will ask for your insurance
card, or accept cash or check. Vaccines are subject to availability.
State, age- and health-related restrictions may apply.

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