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Health care benefits are a lifeline for retirees. AUSWR remains committed to help retirees who may have difficulty managing their benefits. The year of your retirement guides the plans effective for you, your spouse and/or dependents.

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See these web sites for information about the status of health care in the United States, discussion of health care issues, and ideas for reform of the health care system.  We have attempted to include only non-partisan sources that have not taken a position on what should be done.  The descriptions are taken from the web sites themselves. 


The Official U. S. Government Site for Medicare  

 •   Find out what Medicare covers

 •   Find a health or drug plan

 •   Sign up for Medicare

•    Set up your personal account


One Exchange -

A Towers Watson company, contracted by CenturyLink to assist Post-90 retirees in choosing their Medicare-related insurance.  Pre-91 and ERO retirees who chose the HRA option for 2015 can also use One Exchange's services if they desire.

Medicare Rights Center -

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

Kaiser Health News -

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.  And we report on how the health care system - hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers - works.

Alliance For Health Reform -

A nonpartisan, nonprofit group that has organized forums, published issues briefs and published sourcebooks for journalists on current health care topics.

Center For Studying Health System Change -

A nonpartisan policy research organization, HSC seeks to provide objective, incisive analyses that lead to sound policy and management decisions, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the American public. HSC does not take policy positions, but is a resource for decision makers on all sides of the issues because of its reliable data and objective analysis. 

Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBR) -

A consortium of employers and insurers.  Mission is to contribute to, to encourage, and to enhance the development of sound employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education.


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Go to for additional health care news

July 29, 2015    Congress Approves a Bill Bolstering Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights.

Kaiser Health News, July 29, 2015

April 15, 2015   Congress Passes A Bill To Fix Medicare’s Doctor Payments. What’s In It? (FAQ)

Kaiser Health News, April 15, 2015

March 13, 2015     How Much (More) Will Seniors Pay for a Doc Fix?

Kaiser Family Foundation, March 12, 2015




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