Medicare serves a particularly vulnerable subgroup of Americans. Many have physical and/or cognitive disorders; others do not read English well. Thus, more than a few of this program's beneficiaries may have difficulties navigating among its complex offerings and making informed decisions.
From August 1998 to mid-February 2005, staff from two organizations created and operated the Center for Medicare Education, a resource center for professionals and paraprofessionals—of national and local, public and private organizations—who educate consumers about the Medicare program.
The project staff: