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Answers on the Way to Illinoisans' Medicare Questions

Questions about Medicare coverage? Informational meetings are scheduled across Illinois through October. (aarp.org)
Questions about Medicare coverage? Informational meetings are scheduled across Illinois through October. (aarp.org)
September 29, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As older folks in Illinois age and make more trips to their local hospital or to see a doctor, questions may come up about their health care options and insurance coverage.

Courtney Hedderman, the associate state director for advocacy and outreach with AARP Illinois, says many seniors spend sleepless nights worrying about their own health or other family members and don't always know where to turn to get answers. So next month, AARP Illinois is hosting "Medicare 101" informational sessions around the state.

"What is happening?" she asks. "What could happen? What does it mean for myself and for my family? People are absolutely interested, engaged and desperate for information."

If you can't make it to one of the informational sessions, she says AARP's website covers many Medicare basics, including costs, information about inpatient hospital care and nursing-home facilities, along with hospice and home health care. It also mentions deductibles and co-payments.

Hedderman says AARP's Illinois Web page has information and links to the Senior Health Insurance Program in Illinois.

"There are individual counselors who can help people compare and contrast plans, give them additional information and allow them to make the most informed decision on what coverage they should have," she explains.

AARP's Medicare 101 sessions are being held during the month of October, starting October 11 at a couple of public library branches in Chicago, and in Maywood on the 14th.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IL