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Medicare Tries to Get the Word Out

Medicare is relying largely on state health insurance outreach programs to tell seniors about the web site and about additional benefits available to low-income beneficiaries. The agency announced last week that it is sending $21 million to states to help with education efforts.

Officials all over the country have begun Medicare "town hall" meetings to help explain the program and other changes in the Medicare law to seniors.

"I think they're going to need some assistance using the site," Kansas insurance commissioner Sandy Praeger tells WebMD. "We're dealing with a group that first of all doesn't like change and it is having to deal with change," she says.

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