AAA Leverages National Observance to Help Seniors Become Informed Medicare Consumers
On September 21, the Milwaukee County Department on Aging participated in an event attended by about 120 seniors as part of National Medicare Education Week, an annual observance held in September to help beneficiaries become more informed about their Medicare benefits.
According to Community Programs Coordinator Amy Kloster with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, the event was successful, not only because it drew a sizeable crowd but because of the depth of interest in the topic. “Based on the number and variety of questions asked, there is clearly a need for community education around Medicare,” said Kloster.
Following the presented overview of Medicare, MCDA staff were able to meet individually with attendees to provide objective input on Medicare Savings Programs, Part D low-income subsidy, and general Medicare eligibility. Attendees were also very interested in connecting with Wisconsin's Medigap Helpline for unbiased counseling on supplemental and Medicare Part D Plans.
This event, which was hosted by UnitedHealthcare, was among dozens of other educational presentations held in 17 cities nationwide.