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The Make Medicare Work Coalition (MMW) is a collaboration to promote access to affordable health care options in Illinois. MMW is led by AgeOptions, Health & Disability Advocates, and Progress Center for Independent Living. We provide materials, training, and technical assistance to professionals serving older adults and people with disabilities to enable them to help their clients access health care and prescription drug services and supports. MMW was created through generous support by the Michael Reese Health Trust, the Retirement Research Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust.

See below for videos created by MMW, in partnership with the Chicago Hearing Society, with information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative. This page also includes videos on Medicare benefits in American Sign Language created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The videos include closed captioning and voice over narration and aim to relay important information in alternative formats that can be useful not only to people who use ASL, but also to individuals who may have low vision or whose first language is not English.


New! Health Insurance Marketplace Videos in American Sign Language (ASL) (January 22, 2016)

Video One-What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

Video Two-What Services do Marketplace Plans Cover?

Video Three-Enrolling in a Marketplace Plan and Other Tips


New! Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) Videos in American Sign Language (ASL) (January 22, 2016)

Video One-What is MMAI?

Video Two-What Services Does MMAI Cover?

Video Three-How to Enroll or Get Out of MMAI

Video Four-Where to Go for Help


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services videos - Medicare Basics in American Sign Language (ASL)

MMW staff collaborated with CMS to develop a video that explains all of the basics of Medicare in American Sign Language (ASL). The first link below is to the full video (27 minutes). We are also including below links to 4 different pieces of the video, for individuals who would like to watch a specific portion of the video, instead of the full video.

(Please note that the links below to specific video segments are file downloads, so they may take awhile to download. Windows users will generally want to download the .wmv file version of each segment, while Mac users may wish to download the .mov file versions).

 

FULL (27 minute) Medicare Basics in ASL video:

 

CMS Medicare Basics in American Sign Language (ASL) video -   Full Video

Here are links to specific segments of the Medicare Basics   video above:

    Overview of Medicare:

 Medicare Basics in ASL video segment - An Overview of Medicare            (.wmv file)

    Medicare Basics in ASL video segment - An Overview of Medicare       (.mov file)

    

    The Four Parts of Medicare:

     Medicare Basics in ASL video segment - Medicare Has Four Parts      (.wmv file)

     Medicare Basics in ASL video segment - Medicare Has Four Parts      (.mov)

    

    Medicare Advantage Plans:
    Medicare Basics in ASL video segment - Medicare Advantage              Plans (.wmv)

    Medicare Basics in ASL video segment - Medicare Advantage            Plans (.mov)

    

    Summary of Medicare Costs:

    Medicare Basics in ASL video segment - Summary of Costs (.wmv)

    Medicare Basics in ASL video segment - Summary of Costs (.mov)


**If you are a consumer and would like to view additional information on healthcare benefits, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Health Insurance Marketplace and Affordable Care Act changes, please click HERE.

**If you are a professional and would like information on serving individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, click HERE.