Three-Part Medicare Madness Program Begins Monday

Question: I heard an ad on the radio about March Medicare Madness program, what is that? I was driving and could not write it down.

Answer: At Senior Life Matters we are always trying to provide educational opportunities for those who are eager to learn! For a few years in March we have held what we call March Medicare Madness. Obviously, this is a take-off of the Basketball hype that happens in March. Trust me we are not playing basketball, Erin and I are 5 feet 1 inch and have never been good shots. What we will be doing is talking about Medicare, all its parts and the options related to each part.

The March Medicare Madness is a three-part series. This series of talks are on three different but related topics, revolving around Medicare. The topic of Medicare is pretty broad with a lot of different ways to think about it. This three-part series is designed to give more in-depth information on three different nights.

The dates of these talks are all in March, on the 5th, the 7th and the 12th. Each of these evening programs will cover Medicare and the products that go with Medicare. All of the talks are held on the Lutheran Campus at 715 Falconer St., Jamestown. They all begin at 6:30. They are all free and we ask that you make a reservation if you would like to attend. Those reservations can be made by calling 720-9122. You can also make a reservation on the website at

The breakdown will be as follows; The March 5 discussion will focus on Original Medicare A & B as well as Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Benefit). This talk will focus on what the rules are regarding these three Medicare benefits, how they differ, how they are similar and what they cover. This evening is designed to help you understand what Medicare is, what Medicare covers and how you sign up for it.

The March 7 discussion will focus on Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigap) and EPIC. This type of Medigap insurance works with Original Medicare. The evening will be spent talking about the type of plans available, how the plans work, benefits, & and how much they cost. The EPIC portion of the evening will be about what EPIC is, who qualifies and how it works. EPIC can be used as secondary Prescription Drug Coverage for those that qualify.

The March 12 evening will be about Medicare Advantage Plans. These are insurance products that cover your Medicare services and sometimes Medications in a slightly different way. There are a number of different types of Medicare Advantage Plans. We will be talking about those different types, the companies that sell them, benefits related to costs, and the strengths and weaknesses of the different types.

This three-part series is a way of giving our attendees in-depth information about the many Medicare options they have available. One of the things I love about working in this part of the country is that our older citizens (anyone over the age of 60) are very informed. I am so proud of our population for the work they put into learning about their options and alternatives. That says a lot about our region of the world. You research, you read, you listen and work to be a well-informed population. This is not just about Medicare, it is about everything related to health insurance and health care coverage. You attend programs, write letters, call on the phone and voice your concerns and issues of interest. That makes working with you a little easier. You have already done some research and now have some different questions.

This doesn’t mean that those of you who don’t know anything about Medicare should not attend. This program is useful for you as well. This series is meant to be a foundation of learning about Medicare. If you are getting close to being eligible for Medicare or helping someone with Medicare, these programs could help a lot with your situation.

Make your reservation at 720-9122 or at I look forward to seeing you on any or all of the nights that sound interesting to you!

To contact Janell Sluga, GCMC with questions or concerns, please call 720-9797 or e-mail her at