Over 65? How to Get Comfortable With Online Services

Over 65? How to Get Comfortable With Online Services

Millions of people have embraced the Internet as the source of information, news, shopping, and entertainment, but it can be difficult to let go of your reservations about on-line security and accuracy. During this time of the year, on-line services become even more evident, and you may be tempted to take advantage of the information accessible from your own home computer. With the right information, you may start to feel comfortable enough to use the services available at your fingertips safely.

With the holidays looming in the not-so-distant future, many retailers will be touting on-line sales and encouraging consumers to take advantage of shopping opportunities without leaving your house. With rising costs of gas, this may seem more tempting. There are secure sites that will take your privacy seriously and protect your identity information. If you are considering using an on-line website to shop, take the time to review their privacy policy and security measures, which should be displayed or accessed from their home page. Look for security measures, including the site’s URL starting with a secure, safe "https://."

There are even more reasons to embrace on-line services during Medicare’s Annual Election Period, starting October 15 and ending December 7, 2012. If you already receive benefits from Medicare, you should have received your plan information for 2013. You may have already reviewed it, compared it to your current health needs, and have found that your plan simply doesn’t provide the coverage you need. If that is the case, you may want to explore your options.

Just by watching the many commercials on television, or going through the direct mail pieces that are arriving in the mail this month, you know that there are many choices. How do you get all the information you need in a timely manner? The Internet may provide the most efficient way to find the Medicare coverage that will best meet your lifestyle and needs.

According to Medicare.gov, the number of Internet users over the age of 65 has tripled in the past 10 years. It is so important to research and compare the Medicare options available to you in your area, and insurance comparison sites, such as medicare.healthcompare.com, can make the process efficient and effective. Comparing your options, whether you are looking for Medicare Advantage, Medigap, or Prescription Drug Plans, you can quickly narrow down your choices based on your own individual needs and preferences.

Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.