Medicare

ADRC: Your Unbiased Medicare Expert

Medicare Open Enrollment is going on NOW! Ends 12/7

Is your plan right for you? 
Can you save money?
Will your medications be covered?

Plans change every year.

In 2021, there are 42 Medicare Advantage Plans and 31 Medicare Part D plans offered in Brown County compared to 35 Advantage and 30 Part D plan in 2020. 

Even if your plan is offered again in 2021, we recommend comparing plans to ensure the plan you choose meets your needs and priorities for coverage.

ADRC is your source for unbiased, up-to-date Medicare information.

  • Serving residents of Brown County
  • We are not insurance agents
  • We are not affiliated with any insurance company

Click the “Request Your Medicare Plan Comparison” button below to electronically submit your information and request for services. If you would prefer to talk to a Benefit Specialist over the phone, call us (920) 448-4300.

Take action.

See what plan is right for you.

We Take the Mystery out of Medicare

Medicare is complicated. ADRC staff and specially trained volunteers are here to answer your questions and take the mystery out of Medicare. Below are a few sample questions.

I’m 65 still working and have coverage with my employer, am I required to sign-up for Medicare?
Not everyone who is turning 65 or who is eligible for Medicare due to disability payments may be required to enroll in Medicare. Call us to talk about your individual situation.
I am about to turn 65 and am getting a lot of mail from insurance companies.

There are many Medicare health plans to choose from. The ADRC does not sell insurance. We do provide unbiased information about your Medicare options.

Attending one of our Medicare workshops (see above) provided monthly throughout the year will help you understand how Medicare works so you can make an informed decision about the plan that will work best for you.

Do I have choice in selecting Medicare coverage options?

Medicare coverage options can be confusing. This very basic Medicare Coverage: Your Options Chart illustrates your options. Call us 920-448-4300 we will explain the details of how each option works.

My Medicare coverage is expensive, is there a way to save money?
Medicare can be very costly. Are you on the plan that is best for you? Contact us for a benefits check-up to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Savings Plan and/or show you how to do a plan comparison.
What does Medicare Cover?

Download this Medicare Chart to learn which benefits are covered under original Medicare Part A and Part B. You can see if your particular test, item, or service is covered under original Medicare by going to www.medicare.gov/coverage.

Medicare Updates

11/23/2020 | Medicare Rights Center

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How can I troubleshoot common issues with skilled therapists?

Medicare has New Tool to Help You

9/22/2020 | Medicare.gov

Medicare has a new online tool that will make it easier for individuals to find and compare Medicare providers, including:

  • Doctors & clinicians
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health services
  • Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Long-term care hospitals
  • Dialysis facilities

Individuals will be able to compare providers by geography, cost, professional experience, government ratings, and other factors.

Stay in the Know with these Medicare Workshops

ABCD's Of Medicare

Learn about the full scope of the Medicare program:

  • Different parts of Medicare
  • Enrollment information
  • Coverage options

Now available online! You need a computer, tablet, or smart phone and internet service to participate.
Choose from one of the following sessions:

Click here for more detailed medicare resources.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
at 9-10 a.m. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021
at 2-3 p.m. 

Medicare Enrollment due to Loss of Employer Health Coverage

If you have lost your group health coverage due to a job loss, layoff, or furlough and had put off enrolling into Medicare or declined Medicare Part B you should explore requesting those benefits now.  It will not only give you health coverage but help you to avoid penalties in the future.

Individuals who were covered under a group plan due to active employment or employment of a family member have a special eight month enrollment period to request Medicare Part A and/or Part B through the Social Security Administration (SSA).  SSA has put together instructions see this Special Medicare Enrollment flyer.

Call a Benefit Specialist at the ADRC (920) 448-4300 with questions or for more information.

ADRC is your unbiased Medicare expert.

 

Medicare Money Savings Programs

Below is a short description of some plans that can help reduce the cost of Medicare. ADRC is your best source to determine if you qualify and how to apply.

Medicare Savings Program

At the low end this program pays for Part B premiums at the high end it pays Part A and B premiums along with deductibles and coinsurance for original Medicare. Eligibility is subject to gross income and asset requirements. This Medicare Savings Program flyer has more information.

Senior Care

Prescription drug assistance program for Wisconsin residents age 65 or older who meet enrollment requirements. It can be used to meet Medicare’s drug coverage requirement or with other Medicare drug plans to lower medication costs. Annual growth income used to determine eligibility and coverage. Go to www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/seniorcare or call an ADRC Benefit Specialist to learn more or pick up an application at ADRC.

Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy-LIS)

It can help pay premiums, deductible, and co-pays for prescription medications. Income and resource limits apply. Limits change annually. Medicaid recipients are automatically eligible but others are encouraged to apply.
Go to www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/prescriptionhelp to apply.

Patient Assistance Program

Offered by pharmaceutical companies to help eligible patients purchase costly medications. Not all medications have assistance programs. Programs have financial and coverage restrictions. A portion of the application will need to be completed by the prescribing physician. To see if you medication has an assistance program search by the med name on these sites: www.needymeds.org or www.goodrx.com

Medicaid

Other Insurance

Medicare

Medicare Supplement or Medigap Policies Questions

Wisconsin Medigap Helpline: 1-800-242-1060 or dhs.wisconsin.gov/aging/medigap.htm

Medicare Website

medicare.gov Great source for information about Medicare for new, soon to be and current recipients and their caregivers.

Medicare Forms

medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/medicare-forms Forms organized by situations to help you find the form to fit your individual situation.

Medicare & You Booklet

medicare.gov/medicare-and-you Provided by CMS annually to all Medicare participants this booklet gives a lot of valuable information about Medicare. Find the booklet in different formats, i.e.: audio, electronic, and languages other than English.

Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

gwaar.org/senior-medicare-patrol Call 888-818-2611 or email: smp-wi@gwaar.org. Help for Medicare recipients to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application at access.wisconsin.gov. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.

Income Tax Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/pcs-vita.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program - (WHEAP)

Provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy related crisis situations. Most fuel types are eligible to receive assistance. There are a number of different programs a household can apply for.

Brown County Health and Human Services is the place to apply for these programs. This Home Energy Assistance Programs link will take you to a website outlining the types of programs as well as application information or call the ADRC Benefit Specialists for more information.

Operation Community Cares (OCC)

Website for non-profit organized to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Volunteers available to pick-up and deliver food and basic needs for persons unable to get to the store and/or pantry.  Find registration information at the buttons below. If you are having trouble ADRC staff can help you register, call (920) 448-4300. 

OCC is also looking for volunteers.  See Volunteer button for more information.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs Brown County Community Resources

Booklet with descriptions of and contact information for service providers for persons who are looking for services to meet their basic needs. Includes food, shelter, childcare, employment, medical, transportation, etc.

Government Free Cell Phone Program

A program called Lifeline that provides free and discounted cell phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.

Income Tax Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/pcs-vita.aspx.

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application at access.wisconsin.gov. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

Advocacy Resources

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN)

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin

ABC for Health

AARP

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Medicare Rights Center

Wisconsin FACETS

De"MEN"tia Support Group - Virtual

1st Tuesday each month

9 - 9:45 am  Join by computer or phone!

Call: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 626 878 367
Password: 1234

Call Sheri Mealy at 920-764-1660 or email sheri.mealy@browncountywi.gov if you are intereste in participating or have questions.  Sheri can send a link for joining via computer.

Support for men caring for loved ones with dementia.  Men often have different perspectives and experiences as caregivers.  Join this group, specifically designed and led by men to share successes and challenges of caring for a love one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Go to this Men's Support Group Flyer for details.

Dementia Support Group for Women - Virtual

3rd Thursday each month

9 - 10 am  Join by computer or phone!

Call: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 624 337 538
Password: 1234

Call Sheri Mealy at 920-764-1660 or email sheri.mealy@browncountywi.gov if you are intereste in participating or have questions.  Sheri can send a link for joining via computer.

Don't miss out on connecting with fellow caregivers during this time.  Join this group to share successes and challenges of caring for a loved on with Alzheimer's or other dementia.

Go to this Women's Support Group Flyer for details.

Grief Group

2nd Wednesday

2 pm

Learn about natural and normal grief responses, and tips for coping with loss. Have questions? Call Mandy 920-339-9065

Healing Through Grief - Life After Caregiving

3rd Wednesday

4 - 5:30 pm

A monthly meeting for spouses, partners, family members, and friends who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Download this Healing Through Grief flyer

Hispanic Support Group

Date To Be Determined

 ¡El ADRC legustaria anunciar la adición de un grupo de apoyo en español! Una vez al mes, reuniremos a personas que experimenten cualquier tipo de discapacidad, física o mental, para proporcionar un lugar seguro para hablar, escuchar y simplemente estar allí para ayudarnos.  No hay obligación de hablar, está bien simplemente venry escuchar mientras buscamos unir más a la comunidad hispana aquí en el Condado de Brown. ¡Hasta pronto!

Low Vision Support Group

2nd Tuesday

2 pm

Anyone with low vision join us to share your experiences and learn from others. Covers technology and other information of interest.

Mug Club - Virtual

2nd Wednesday

6 - 7 pm

Join by computer or phone.

Call: 1-414-655-0003
Access Code: 161 715 6921
Password: MugClub2020

Call Teri Bradford 920-448-4320 or email teri.bradford@browncountywi.gov if you are interested in joining!

A monthly gathering for families, friends, partners and other informal caregivers. Sponsored by Brown County Caregiver Coalition. Download this Mug Club flyer.

NAMI

1st Monday

6:30 pm

Support group for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Open to families and caregivers.

Northeast Wisconsin RSD/CRPS Support Group

2nd Tuesday

6 - 8 pm

Voices Behind the Fire. Our goal is to create a safe place for those diagnosed with RSD/CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) Family, friends, caregivers, and medical professionals are encouraged to join our group.

Parkinson's Support Group

2nd Tuesday

12:30 pm

Caregivers are welcome.

Alzheimer's Assoc On-line Family Support Groups

Alzheimer's Association hosts teleconference or on-line support groups for Family Caregivers. 

There are a number of options for caregivers of persons with dementia, including Spanish speakers.  Click this Alzheimer's Association Support Group Flyer link for more information.

Disabilities

Employment Guide for Persons with Disabilities

Outlines employment options including information on job assistance for older adults, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Examples are Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find funding, assistive technology, and legal issues and advocacy.

Information and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

List of organizations that assist persons with disabilities and their families, i.e.: finding services, assistive technology, and support groups in addition to providing education and advocacy on disability related issues and so much more.

Durable Medical Exquipment - Donate - Purchase Used List

ADRC and Options for Independent Living Loan Closets are closed to lending and accepting items.

List of sources for donating equipment you have or to purchase used equipment.  Examples are assistive devices for the bathroom, bedroom, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, etc.  If you need to explore more options call the ADRC at 920-448-4300 for assistance.

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

List of organizations that serve persons with disabilities with programs to help them stay active and learn new skills.

Respite Options for People with Special Needs

Explains what respite is, why it’s important, available respite options and where to get assistance to sort through those options.

ASPIRO

aspiroinc.org. 920-498-2599, 1673 Dousman Str., Green Bay, WI Agency serving individuals with disabilities.  Services such as early intervention, employment, and day services, and more.

CP

www.wearecp.org. 920-337-1122, 2801 South Webster Avenue, Green Bay, WI  Provides aquatic exercise, therapy services, adult day services, childcare, advocacy, and information.

Curative Connections

curativeconnections.org. 920-468-1161, 2900 Curry Ln, Green Bay, WI  A wide variety of services for older adults and adults with disabilities.  Dementia, adult day services, training and employment, rehabilitation, transportation and more.

Options for Independent Living

Optionsil.org. 920-590-0500, 555 Country Club Road, Green Bay, WI Disability showcase model home and office.  Get hands on experience with assistive technology and adaptive equipment.  Provides advocacy, peer support, information, and referral.

ADRC Menu

Take a look at the menu. Monthly menus include a variety of meals for every taste. (ADRC Menu for Homebound meal delivery, Community Cafes and Pick-up.)

Food Resources

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Food Delivery & Pick-up

List of grocery stores offering on-line and phone ordering with at store pick-up or delivery.

Community Meals Response to Coronavirus Emergency

List of free community meal programs and changes to their emergency process during the Coronavirus Emergency.  Includes school age free meal locations.

Fully Cooked Meals Delivered to Your Door

List of meal prep and delivery services. Order meals for weekly delivery.

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