Elder Benefit Specialist

 

Elder Benefit Specialist

What is an Elder Benefit Specialist?  An elder benefit specialist is a person trained to help older persons who are having a problem with their private or government benefits. 

County and tribal benefit specialist are often called “red tap cutters” because they are experts at helping older persons with the extensive and complicated paperwork that is often required in benefit programs.  They help older persons figure out what benefits they are entitled to and tell them what they must do to receive them.

Elder Benefit specialist receive ongoing training and are monitored by attorneys knowledgeable in elder law.  The attorneys are also available to assist older persons in need of legal representation on benefit matters.

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Medicare Part D Drug Plan assessments during Open Enrollment October 15 - December 7

Medicare recipients have an open enrollment period October 15 – December 7 every year.  During Open Enrollment consumers have an opportunity to change Part D drug plans or their Medicare Advantage plan for the following year.   Appointments are set up for the consumers we have served in the past.  If you would like to be part of this program call the ADRC. 262-741-3400.

Welcome to Medicare Workshops

If you will become eligible for Medicare soon, it may be beneficial for you to attend one of the Welcome to Medicare workshops at the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Walworth County. These workshops will cover what you need to know about your Medicare benefits, options, insurance coverage and medication coverage.

The workshops will be held in the Walworth County Room at Walworth County Health and Human Services, 1910 County Rd NN, Elkhorn. Attendees are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications for a Medicare Part D assessment.  To register call (262) 741-3400 or 1-800-365-1587.

*Interpreters will be provided upon prior request. *

If you are not able to come to one of our workshops for health reasons, we ask that you watch the Medicare 101 video at www.medicare.gov.  After viewing the videos, you can call and a folder will be mailed to you with the option to set up a phone consultation with the Elder Benefit Specialist.

Medicare Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZVQSFBq2uw&feature=youtube

Get Medicare’s “What’s Covered” App: https://www.medicare.gov/blog/whats-covered-mobile-app

Social Security Forms: Request for Enrollment

 Request for Employer Information

Medicare Minutes Program

Walworth County has a strong volunteer base.  Trained volunteers present a Medicare Minute presentation within our nutrition sites, senior apartment complexes and organizations within the county.   Volunteers present a 10-minute educational presentation with handouts on a different Medicare related topic each month.

If you would like to have a presentation for your group or organization, please call 262-741-3400.

Would you like to volunteer?  Contact the Walworth County, Volunteer Coordinator