Medicare Seminars To Begin March 5

From left are Lutheran’s Janell Sluga, geriatric care manager, and Erin Green, community service coordinator, who will host free programs in March to explain the federal Medicare program.

Lutheran’s Best of Times Seminars, sponsored by Edgewood Communities, will feature a three-part information series next month called March Medicare Madness. Each part will focus on different aspects of the Medicare program. Janell Sluga and Erin Green from Senior Life Matters at Lutheran will present the programs.

¯ Monday, March 5, will cover Medicare A, B, and D.

¯ Wednesday, March 7, will cover Medicare Supplements and EPIC.

¯ Monday, March 12, will cover Medicare Advantage Plans.

“We have done a late winter or early spring program on Medicare for the last three years,” said Janell Sluga, geriatric care manager with Senior Life Matters at Lutheran. “The reason we spread out the content over three separate sessions is because there is just so much information and they’re all so complex. We need extra time to help explain everything fully,” said Sluga. Although some attendees are only interested in specific information, Sluga encourages those interested to attend all three free sessions.

Medicare is a federal government based, fee-for-service health insurance program that individuals can quality for if they are 65 or older, under 65 and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a certain amount of time, or under 65 and have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Aside from original Medicare, individuals may also shop through a variety of third-party insurance coverage options. These insurance plans are managed through private third-party insurance companies who contract with the federal government.

“What sets us apart from these third-party insurance brokers is that we fairly, without bias, analyze what works best for you. We don’t make a commission or try to convince you to subscribe to a plan you don’t want, don’t need, or that won’t cover you appropriately,” said Sluga.

Sluga is a certified geriatric care manager through the Aging Life Care Association, a nonprofit association that focuses on professional development, continuing education, and setting ethical standards for more than 2,000 of its members.

To register for one or all of the March Medicare Madness programming, call 720-9122 or visit to register online. All three sessions will be held at the Christ Chapel inside the Lutheran Campus at 715 Falconer St. Each session begins at 6:30 p.m. The programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided.