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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.


Interactive Guide to Navigating Healthcare Coverage Transitions
For Professional Benefit Counselors who Serve Individuals 65 and Older or Adults Under 65 with a Disability

This guide was created for professional benefit counselors to assist consumers who are 65 and older or adults under 65 with a disability in navigating healthcare coverage options. It includes detailed instructions on how to enroll in and transition through various forms of healthcare coverage without a gap in coverage, disruption in services, or financial penalties.  This guide will not provide an overview of the basics of Medicare or Medicaid. However, MMW does provide Basic Trainings throughout the year.  To view the dates of our Basic Trainings, please click here.

If you do not know which forms of healthcare coverage your client qualifies for, please use our Interactive Tool below to find out and access the appropriate section of the Guide.

Interactive Tool to Find Healthcare Coverage Options (updated 4/27/15)

If you already know which form of coverage your client is transitioning into, you can use the direct links in our table of contents below to access specific sections of the Guide:

Table of Contents: Guide to Navigating Healthcare Coverage Transitions

Please view the webinar recorded on March 31, 2015 below for an introduction on how to utilize the Interactive Guide to Healthcare Coverage Transitions. The webinar provides case examples of client coverage transitions in order to provide an overview of how to quickly navigate through the Interactive Tool and Table of Contents.

    Webinar Recording

    Webinar Slides