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For Release: October 24, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,

Program Provides Medicare-eligible Individuals with Advisors
Akron General’s RetireMed™ offers education, advocacy, solutions

Akron General understands that patients have multiple choices when it comes to health care, especially with their Medicare options. In 2013, most Medicare plans are being revised, and individuals on 2012 Medicare plans will receive a document called the Annual Notice of Change outlining their plan changes for next year. It is vitally important to review this document because premiums may increase and benefits may change. Those enrolled in a Medicare plan should shop their options during Medicare’s open enrollment, which began October 15 and ends December 7.  

Akron General’s RetireMed™ program provides Medicare-eligible individuals throughout the area with advisors and advocates who guide them through the often-confusing process of selecting a Medicare plan. Currently, almost 20,000 Ohioans look to RetireMed to guide them to the Medicare plan that’s right for them.

All RetireMed services are available at no cost to the individual. RetireMed will research patients’ doctors, drugs and hospitals, while taking their budget into consideration, and recommend plans that best fit their needs. RetireMed offers continual support by providing clients with year-round advocacy to help resolve complex issues they may encounter with their plan. RetireMed also provides clients with annual renewal advice to make sure that their Medicare plan will still be right for them from year to year.

For more information about the RetireMed program, please call 877-291-4110.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities we serve. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 out of 16 years. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit About Us.

Date Updated: 05-JUN-2014

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