Redesigned Medicare website allows easier access for beneficiaries, caregivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the redesign of the Medicare website, making content more accessible and allowing users to find the content directly from the home page, according to a press release.

Based on more than 2 years of research, design and development work by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the new website design includes a search for whether a specific test, item or service is covered under original Medicare; the ability to get customized information based on a beneficiary’s specific situation; and quick links to replace a lost Medicare card, find a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan and get help with health care costs. The new design also responds to mobile devices, like tablets and smartphones.

“We did a lot of research into what sort of information beneficiaries and their caregivers really wanted most at their fingertips, and I think users will find this redesign very helpful,” Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of CMS, said in the release. “We’ve simplified the language and the homepage layout to make it easier and faster for visitors to get answers and a better understanding of Medicare necessary to get more control over their health care.”

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