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What is Medicare?
Medicare(the red, white and blue card) is a federal insurance program for people 65 and older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with end-stage renal disease. Original Medicare typically covers about 80% of your out-of-pocket medical costs.

The Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period runs every year from October 15 to December 7, for plans starting January 1. The next Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period runs from October 15, 2019 to December 7, 2019 for 2020 plans.

If you, or someone you know, needs assistance navigating your Medicare coverage, or will soon be starting Medicare coverage and have questions, please contact CCHCC’s Community Health Workers at (217) 352-6533.

For more information:


Your Medicare Choices (2019)

Medicare Savings Program 2019 (financial assistance for Part B premiums)

Extra Help to Save on Drug Costs 2019

Local Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Sites
SHIP sites provide free health benefits counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. The goal is to educate, counsel, and empower people to make informed Health Care decisions. SHIP is an independent program funded by federal agencies and is not affiliated with the insurance industry. Illinois’ SHIP program is sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging. There are three local SHIP site in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
(217) 819-4097

CRIS Senior Services
(217) 355-1543

Family Service Senior Resource Center
(217) 352-5100

OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center
(217) 337-2778

For info about the Medicare 100/Plus Program.