In this section you will find links to information about upcoming AgeOptions events, as well as our newsletters, news releases, annual reports and news from other sources concerning older adults.
There is also a page for the news media. Please click on the links at the left to go to these pages.
The Illinois SMP Program at AgeOptions sends email Fraud Alerts every other Friday. These
alerts contain fraud-related news articles, information about current scams in
Illinois or other parts of the United States, and useful healthcare or
Read the latest Fraud Alert on the SMP Fraud Alert page.
If You Have Medicare, You Have Health Insurance
If you have Medicare, you have health insurance and do not need to enroll in the new Marketplace plans. In fact, it is against the law for someone who knows that you have Medicare to sell you a Marketplace plan.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a fact sheet explaining why the Marketplace does not affect Medicare beneficiaries. It also distinguishes Marketplace Open Enrollment (for people who do not have any insurance) from the annual Medicare Open Enrollment (for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in Part D drug coverage).
To read the fact sheet, click here: http://www.cms.gov/Center/Special-Topic/Open-Enrollment/Downloads/Medicare-Marketplace-FAQs.pdf