Navigating Insurance and Medications as You Age


For many people, managing health care gets more complicated with age. More health problems means more doctor’s visits, test results, medications, prescription refills, insurance issues and bills to keep track of. It can all become overwhelming, but it’s important to stay on top of it.

Not every doctor’s office and hospital is connected to the same electronic medical records system. Organizing and being able to quickly access your health history and medications will ensure you and your health care providers have current and complete information. Paying close attention to bills and seeking assistance when needed will prevent you from getting penalized for missing payments.

If you are overwhelmed by the logistics and paperwork involved in navigating things like insurance and medications as you age, ask a loved one or look online for strategies. Making lists, keeping copies of important records, and logging everything are good ways to start.