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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 (please note: the materials on this page may change frequently based on current topics of interest.)

MMW Email List

As of February 1, 2019, the MMW email policy has changed. Each of the MMW lead agencies (AgeOptions, Progress Center for Independent Living and Smart Policy Works) has their own copy of the MMW email contact list. Each agency will use the list to send information to MMW members in keeping with the Make Medicare Work mission.

If you have questions or would like more information on how to join a mailing list with any of the three lead agencies, please email


MMW Videos in ASL

Resources for Professionals Working with People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

MMW Trainings, Meetings, & Events

Medicare Materials

Medicaid and Managed Care Program Materials

MMW Bulletins and Updates

Consumer Materials

Other MMW Resources

NEW! A Guide to Dental, Vision, and Hearing Coverage for Older Adults and People with Disabilities in Illinois


This guide provides an overview on how Medicare and Medicaid cover dental, hearing, and vision benefits and what important factors individuals need to know before they receive care. The guide also includes a list of resources individuals can explore if they are uninsured or underinsured for these specific types of benefits. Please note, this guide is intended to be used as a reference for professionals who serve older adults and people with disabilities to better understand how these benefits work and is not a guarantee of coverage.


 MMW Webinar - Medicare & Medicaid Updates (August 30, 2017)

This webinar provided information on updates regarding the MACRA Act, 21st Century CURES Act, QMB & Improper Billing and the Medicaid Managed Care State-wide RFP and more.




MMW Webinar - Health Care Reform Updates (March 8, 2017)

This webinar provided information on recent activity regarding the ACA and Medicaid, and provided opportunities to keep up to date, and involved in advocacy. (Please note that this webinar was recorded on March 8, 2017. Things may have changed quickly since that day.)



MMW Webinar- Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Updates- (November 9, 2016)

This webinar provided important updates for the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period that began November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017Alicia Siani from EverThrive Illinois joined us and provided an overview of the Illinois Marketplace plans offered in 2017, new functionalities of the Marketplace, important deadlines for consumers, and where to go for additional assistance.



Interactive Toolkit: 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 refer to our MMW calendar and training guidelines at the top of this page.

AgeOptions Client Health Benefits In-take Sheet (updated 12/22/15)

This intake sheet was created to assist counselors in obtaining all of the necessary information to counsel consumers on their Medicare options once they turn 65.

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Click the link above to view a chart created by Health and Disability Advocates comparing the similarities and differences between the SSDI and SSI programs.