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Medicare Health & Drug Benefits

ADRC Benefit Specialists are your source for unbiased Medicare information.

Your Medicare Coverage Options

There are options when it comes to Medicare. This Medicare Coverage: Your Options handout is designed to provide very basic information about the Medicare options you have. Take a look. It can be confusing. If you still have questions consider taking one of our Medicare workshops. Read more about them below. Call the ADRC at (920) 448-4300.

ABCDs of Medicare, Medicare Part D Plan Finder workshops and Part D Counseling are helpful for Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and for individuals who help others in making Medicare choices.

The ABC&D's of Medicare: Understanding Your Medicare Options

If you want to learn more about Medicare basics and other insurance options, join us for this valuable session.
Call the ADRC to register (920) 448-4300

ABCDs Fall Workshop below held at:
ADRC of Brown County
300 S. Adams, Green Bay

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
9:30 - 11:30 am

Bring the Medicare & You handbook you received from Medicare to the session you attend
either ABCDs of Medicare or Medicare Part D Plan Finder.

Medicare Part D Plan Finder: Understanding Your Medicare Drug Benefit Options
A valuable workshop for persons new to Medicare Part D and those who want to learn more. It is very important to check you coverage every year as plans change, new plans are added, and some plans leave our service area. You'll learn how to use on-line Medicare tools for comparing and enrolling in the Part D.

During the workshop, you will view the website and learn how to:

• Enter personal information which will take you directly to your current coverage
• Enter your current medications
• Save the drug list you have created for future use
• Select pharmacies
• Choose the types of coverage and plans that meet your needs
• Get detailed information on specific plans
• Run side-by-side comparisons for up to three plans

Call the ADRC at (920) 448-4300 to register for the workshop below
Workshops will resume in 2019

During Open Enrollment Season: October 15 - December 7 take advantage of:
Medicare Part D one on one Counseling Sessions available Call (920) 448-4300 for an appointment

Bonus! Personal assistance to create your own drug list is available after the workshop. Bring information about your medications and your laptop or tablet if you have one.

Medicare Part D Monthly Counseling Services

Many more sessions are added during Open Enrollment Call the ADRC (920) 448-4300 for an appointment
Choosing a Medicare prescription drug plan can be challenging. Take the guess work out of your decision by attending one-on-one counseling sessions with trained ADRC staff and volunteers.
Sessions offered the 4th Wednesday of every month.
Call the ADRC (920) 448-4300 to talk to a Benefit Specialist and learn about monthly counseling sessions

Here are some helpful websites and information sheets for programs that help with health care and prescription drug costs.

If you have questions, or need assistance,
call a Benefit Specialist at the ADRC of Brown County (920) 448-4300.

Your source for unbiased Medicare information.

Medicare Website
The official medicare site. Sign up/change plans, get medicare cost and coverage information, claims, appeals, forms, and more.

Medicare Program Video in American Sign Language (ASL) - Overview of the Medicare program, what it is, who qualifies, Medicare Part A, B, C, and D, new preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, and help paying Medicare costs.

Medicare Plan Finder
Medicare Plan Finder webpage:
Questions and answers about plans and how to sign up.

How to use the Medicare Plan Finder on the Medicare website - Print this guide with easy to follow directions to help you use the plan finder tool to find a Medicare Advantage Plan on the medicare. gov website.

Seniors Page for the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Webpage with information to help seniors make decisions about purchasing insurance, such as Medigap or Medicare Supplemental policies, planning and paying for long-term care, and information about life insurance and annuities.

Prescription Drug Coverage
Part D webpage -
Questions and answers, plan finder, and more.

Medication Transition Rights Under Medicare Part D Info Sheet - If you are losing, or have lost, coverage for your medications under a Medicare Part D Plan, you may be able to get coverage back with these new requirements. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires Medicare Part D prescription drug plans to provide access to transition (temporary) supplies of needed medications to avoid disruption of medication schedules, plus give adequate time to contact physicians to inquire about moving to another drug in the formulary, file a formulary exception request, or enroll in a different plan, particularly for Low Income Subsidy (LIS) recipients.

Prescription Drug Assistance Programs - Webpage has links to programs designed for people to get additional help paying for prescription drugs.

Senior Care - Wisconsin's very own prescription drug program. Site explains the plan, fact sheets, eligibility, covered drugs and more. Applications available at ADRC of Brown County (300 S. Adams Street, Green Bay). Volunteers available at ADRC the third Tuesday of the month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. to you fill out applications.

Medicare Extra Help Programs
Extra Help Social Security Program - Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, you must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources & income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.

Extra Help Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Cost - This fact sheet gives more information on the Extra Help Social Security Program described above.

Medicare Savings Program - Wisconsin’s Medicaid program may be able to help pay for certain Medicare costs if you can enroll in a Medicare Savings Program. These programs are for those who receive Medicare benefits and have limited countable income & assets.

Insurance Questions Resources
What is a Medicare Supplement for? What are Medicare Advantage Plans? Do I have to take Medicare Part D, how is it different than Senior Care? Should I buy nursing home and/or long-term care insurance? Can I get help paying for insurance? What if I'm working at 65 and my employer provides insurance coverage? How do I file a complaint?

Wisconsin Medigap Helpline - Toll-Free: 1-800-242-1060
Are you on Medicare? Thinking about how you'd pay for long-term care if you needed it? Looking for unbiased information about your insurance options now that you are Medicare eligible or are approaching eligibility? The Medigap Helpline operated by the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care is designed to help you make informed insurance decisions. On topics like:
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance
  • Medicare Advantage plans
  • Medicare Part D plans
  • Changing insurance coverage
  • Quiting, retiring, or changing from a job
  • Thinking about purchasing long-term care insurance
  • Filing a complaint against an insurance agent
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Guides
Medicare Supplement Insurance Approved Policies List - A list of approved Medicare supplement insurance policies from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) for the State of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare - OCI's booklet describing the Medicare program, plus the health & prescription drug insurance available to those on Medicare.

Wisconsin Mandated Insurance Benefit Information
Medigap Policies: Wisconsin Mandated Benefits - Resource produced by the ADRC of Brown County that highlights the different benefits required by Wisconsin insurance law for those with individual Medigap policies (Medicare supplement, Medicare select, and some Medicare cost policies).

Medicare and the Healthcare Marketplace
Get answers to your questions about Medicare and the Affordable Care Act Healthcare Marketplace with this link
From Marketplace to Medicare - Get answers to frequently asked questions about Medicare and the Affordable Care Act Healthcare Marketplace. Source Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. (GWAAR).

Fight Fraud and Scams and/or Get Help
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) website has valuable information about how to recognize scams and prevent fraud. SMP volunteers are concerned citizens (often retired professionals) who empower seniors to prevent healthcare fraud throught outreach and education. Go to the Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol website to learn about how you can help and become part of the SMP. Read the Senior Medicare Patrol Newsletter.

Take a look at these helpful publications.

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Advance Care Planning - Advance Directives

  • Medicare and Advance Care Planning
    If you suddenly fell ill or were injured and can't speak for yourself you may not get the care you want unless you've designated someone to speak on your behalf. This flyer explains what you need to do to assure you have the papers in place in particular what Medicare requires.


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