Consumers Union Offers 2000 Guide to Medigap Plans, Medicare HMOs, Nursing Homes

Consumer guide on health care for senior citizens

The Consumers Union of the United States created the 568-page Consumer Reports Complete Guide to Health Services for Seniors, which was published by Three Rivers Press in 2000.

Key Results

Consumer Reports Complete Guide to Health Services for Seniors is divided into three parts: "Paying for Health Care Services," "Finding Long-Term Care" and "Paying for Long-Term Care." It provides practical advice on a range of health care issues, as well as ratings of Medicare managed care plans and long-term care services including nursing homes.

After the Grant

In 2001, 2002 and 2004, the nursing home watch list was updated. It appears on the Consumer Reports Web site. Each state's watch list can be accessed from this page.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided partial support for the endeavor with a $459,600 grant. Consumers Union of the United States, is an independent, nonprofit consumer organization.