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MHA Partners with NCOA on My Medicare Matters Campaign

Today, Mental Health America is announcing a new collaboration with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) My Medicare Matters campaign in support of our joint goal of assisting older adults to access mental health resources through Medicare.

Mental Health America knows that seeking help for mental health concerns can be intimidating at any age, and it can be exacerbated by limited access or resources to quality mental health care. At the same time, when you turn 65 it’s important to make an informed decision about Medicare enrollment so that you can be confident that your health coverage will be there when you need it.

About 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day, a pace that will continue until 2030. Many may be dealing with mental health concerns. Mental health is a critical part of aging—the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 25 percent of adults aged 65 years or older have some type of mental health problem, such as a mood disorder not associated with normal aging.

When facing the big decisions that go with Medicare enrollment, so many people don't know where to go for help. My Medicare Matters is an online tool designed to make it easier for people with Medicare (and those turning 65) to make informed and confident choices about their health coverage and receive unbiased information about the options they have through Medicare.

Additionally, the MHA community will have access to all of the personalized educational tools from the MyMedicareMatters.org website, and can receive free, one-on-one assistance from an Aon Retiree Health Exchange Benefits Advisor in selecting and enrolling in a Medicare plan.

”Mental Health America is excited to partner with My Medicare Matters on this important effort,” said Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO. “It is so critical to have access to comprehensive health coverage if you are facing mental health concerns so that you can address a potential illness early—before Stage 4. With this collaboration, we can go further in helping older adults access the resources they may need through Medicare, and provide them tools to help achieve overall mental wellness.”

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