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Episode 56: Disability and Aging: Medicare, Medicaid, and Benefits Enrollment Assistance

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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Joe Caldwell, Director Long-Term Services –  National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Leslie Fried, Senior Director – Center for Benefits Access – National Council on Aging (NCOA)


Each day over 10,000 individuals become eligible for Medicare due to age or disability. Learning about what Medicare covers and navigating the Medicare enrollment process can be challenging. During this episode, we’ll provide an overview of the parts of Medicare, when and how someone can enroll, and then discuss what services are and are not covered under Medicare. Then we’ll delve a little deeper and look at ways your clients can apply for assistance covering their Medicare costs, and how Medicare coordinates with other coverage, like Medicaid. Finally, you’ll learn where to go in your community to help your residents with complex Medicare questions.

This episode is the second of a two-part conversation with the National Council on Aging. In this episode, Leslie Fried, Senior Director of the Center for Benefits Access, will:

  • Discuss what Medicare costs, what it covers and what are its different Parts A, B, C and D.
  • Understand common procedure for signing up for Medicare, including key enrollment periods.
  • Learn how clients with Marketplace insurance make the transition to Medicare, and how Medicare coordinates with other key programs (e.g., Medicaid).
  • Find out how to help low-income residents apply for core benefits programs that pay for a portion of their Medicare costs.

Featured Organization

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Improving the health and economic security of older adults.
The National Council on Aging is the respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. The National Council on Aging partners with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.
• Vision: A just and caring society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security.
• Mission: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling.
• Social Impact Goal: Improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.