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. See plans and enroll at Medicare.gov.
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:
Watch CCHCC’s video presentation with PowerPoint What you need to know for Medicare Open Enrollment
View CCHCC’s PowerPoint presentation (without narration) on Medicare Open Enrollment (Updated for 2023)
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
CRIS Senior Services
Family Service Senior Resource Center
OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center