Medicare.gov made senior-friendly

To ensure that its Medicare.gov site was senior-friendly, the Health Care Financing Administration made the print larger and the content easier to read.

American Management Systems Inc., Fairfax, Va., handled the redesign of Medicare.gov, one of the most frequently visited government World Wide Web sites.

The site provides information about the federal health care system for a potential audience of nearly 40 million elderly Americans. Sections of it are available in different languages. It provides information about Medicare eligibility and enrollment as well as links to resources about health planning, nursing homes and Medigap insurance.

"It gets significant traffic," said Jim Carey, spokesman for PC Data Corp., which monitors government Web site activity.

A recent survey by Greenfield Online found that 83 percent of all senior citizens like to get news or information online, and of those, 40 percent went online to find out medical information.

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