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Making Sense of Medicare

When you're about four, you begin to read, by learning the alphabet... A-B-C-D.
When you turn 65, you'll have to learn it all again.... with a twist.

Now it's Medicare A...
Medicare B...
Medicare C... and so on..

And learning 'which one is which' could prove just as important to your physical and your financial health, as learning the original alphabet was to your education.
We bring it up because the time to renew Medicare coverage for the eligible - a group that increases by about 10-thousand people every day.... is a few weeks off, and this year could prove more difficult to navigate than ever.

So it's the focus of our Tuesday Check Up.

Rick Jackson is a senior host and producer at Ideastream Public Media. He hosts the "Sound of Ideas" on WKSU and "NewsDepth" on WVIZ.