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Delay in Medicare's New Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program Affecting Certain Areas of the Country

What's Changing
Congress has acted to delay the new competitive bidding program that started on July 1, 2008.

What You Need to Know
You now can continue to get your Medicare-covered equipment and supplies from any Medicare-approved supplier. If you changed your supplier when this new program started, you can continue to use the new supplier, or choose another supplier.

Medicare is continuing to make sure you can get the supplies and services you need. We will post more information about the new program in the future.

For the most up-to-date list of all Medicare-approved suppliers in your area, visit "Find Suppliers of Medical Equipment in Your Area."

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

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Medicare & You 2008

Medicare & You contains important information about what's new, health plans, prescription drug plans, and rights and protections to help people with Medicare review their coverage options and prepare to enroll in a new plan if they choose. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Each fall, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mails a geographic-specific version to all households of people with Medicare. In 2008, there are 59 geographic-specific versions with drug and health plan comparison charts for particular states or regions.

Medicare & You 2008 >> provides direct Internet access to your Medicare benefits, eligibility, enrollment (including prescription drug plans) and preventive health information - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit the site, sign up, and Medicare will mail you a password to allow you access to your personal Medicare information. also allows you to view your adjudicated claims information, access online forms and publications, and receive important messages from Medicare.

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Page Last Updated: August 21, 2008


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