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www.HealthCompare.com guides Medicare beneficiaries, those approaching Medicare eligibility, their caregivers or representatives, to the coverage that best meets their specific needs and preferences. www.HealthCompare.com will benefit:

  • Any Medicare beneficiary including:
    • Beneficiaries age 65 or older.
    • Beneficiaries who are under 65 and have Medicare due to a disability.
  • Individuals who are soon to be eligible for Medicare or those reviewing their coverage options for the first time.
  • Caregivers or representatives of Medicare beneficiaries seeking information regarding Medicare coverage options.

HealthCompare’s founders, with over 65 years of combined experience, are a diverse group of experts in health care for Medicare beneficiaries, e-commerce, and website usability design. They understand that the process of choosing a Medicare plan can be confusing. They also recognize the growing importance of the Internet in helping Medicare beneficiaries research their options. These experts created a proprietary online technology to simplify the process for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. This online tool was named HealthCompare . These experts share the belief that Medicare beneficiaries should have a consumer-friendly online tool to help them access health care coverage information customized to meet their needs, ultimately empowering them to make the decision that is right for them.

www.HealthCompare.com utilizes the data compiled and updated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through “public use files” and the benefit data provided by health plans and health insurance companies who contract with www.HealthCompare.com. As Medicare health plans and insurance companies update their plan and benefit information, www.HealthCompare.com acquires the information, and updates all information on the www.HealthCompare.com site.

The information available through www.HealthCompare.com is reflective of Medicare options widely available in most states and counties where Medicare plans are offered. Today, www.HealthCompare.com is contracted with the health plans that represent 60 – 80 percent of Medicare consumers in private insurance in major markets. In order to give Medicare beneficiaries information regarding all of their coverage options, Joppel site visitors can choose to see those plans specifically contracted with www.HealthCompare.com, or to see all plans available in their area.

www.HealthCompare.com has consolidated Medicare information from over 25 existing databases in a unique and concise way. The www.HealthCompare.com tool processes the responses provided by the Medicare beneficiary during the Needs Assessment to narrow the search based on their personal needs. In an effort to give Medicare beneficiaries all available information regarding coverage options, they can choose to see those plans specifically contracted with www.HealthCompare.com, or to see all plans available in their area. The www.HealthCompare.com tool does not value one plan over another, nor does it consider carrier affiliations or payments.

Yes, www.HealthCompare.com feels it is. For example, according to the 2009 CMS Financial Report, there are approximately 46 million Americans eligible for Medicare. While approximately 20% of these beneficiaries receive Medicare due to disabilities, approximately 80% of Medicare beneficiaries are seniors. According to The Nielsen Company, as of December, 2009, there were approximately 17.5 million seniors (65 and older) who are active users of the Internet. The report also notes that one of the most important activities to seniors online includes managing their personal health care information. With 70% of those 50-64 years of age already online, those aging into Medicare will only become more comfortable using online tools to make important health care decisions.

This site was modeled with the needs of the Medicare beneficiary in mind. www.HealthCompare.com’s creators spent 18 months researching Medicare-related web sites, talking with Medicare consumers and sharing www.HealthCompare.com’s design with them. The features you see on www.HealthCompare.com were features consumers expressed their preference for, citing them as helpful in understanding Medicare better and navigating their choices. Even www.HealthCompare.com’ colors and font sizes, for example, are the result of incorporating science, technology, and direct input from Medicare consumer focus groups.

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