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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.

Below are some of our MMW resources and educational materials on Affordable Care Act topics.

MMW Webinar - How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Older Adults and People with Disabilities

This webinar was conducted on August 9, 2013 and provides an overview of how the Affordable Care Act impacts people with Medicare, as well as information about changes for people without Medicare.

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Affordable Care Act Tip Sheets                                                            Click on the blue link above to access Affordable Care Act (ACA) tip sheets available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.  The tip sheets include information about the ACA and Medicare, new free preventive services, the Health Insurance Marketplace, new rules for insurance companies, how the ACA helps people access affordable insurance, Hospital Care Transitions, and the new "Adult" Medicaid program.

Coverage Options for People Age 65 and Over-Flow Chart                     Click on the blue link above for a flow chart that helps consumers determine what coverage is most appropriate for them-Medicare, Medicaid, or Marketplace coverage.  The flow chart is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Koren, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

MMW Affordable Care Act Topical Brief                                              Click the link above to view a topical brief created by Health & Disability Advocates that includes updates and information about the Affordable Care Act implementation in Illinois. The brief also contains a section on Medicaid where you can find the eligibility information for each category of Medicaid currently available in Illinois.

 New! MMW Videos in American Sign Language

Click the link above to view 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.