If you graduated from high school in 1969, chances are you’re turning 65 in 2016, or you are already there. Congratulations graduate and welcome to the world of Medicare! If you are 65 and eligible, you may choose to graduate from a commercial health insurance plan to Medicare. Just like moving from high school to college or entering the job market, you may need some wise counsel and common sense advice.
In the Medicare space, your friendly guidance counselor may be a licensed Medicare sales agent, 1-800-Medicare representatives, volunteers at the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) helpline, or the same old valedictorian “know it all.”
A big mahalo to Dani Emoto, Andy Nomura and Vincent Yim of the 1969 graduating classes of Kaimuki and Roosevelt High School Reunion Committee for inviting me to hold a Medicare workshop for your classmates. It was a very enjoyable evening. As you and your classmates navigate into the “brave new world” of Medicare, remember that, 10,000 people are turning 65 years old everyday. You are in good company!