11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Medicare might appear to be straightforward, and it was supposed to be that way when it was imagined in the 1960s. However, the Medicare system of delivering health care coverage for over 60 million people has evolved into a worrisome thing that’s led many to sing the blues in the night. Nevertheless, how to use Medicare effectively is an essential part of transition planning for eligible individuals. What options are available? How do I access them? How do I know which ones are best for me?
This course, then, will examine the Medicare system:
- Its purpose and design
- Eligibility and enrollment criteria
- Various components, and their characteristics and function
- How to compare and evaluate the available options to achieve the most effective and affordable health care coverage
The instructor will teach virtually, but class will be on campus.
Instructor: Bill McKendree has worked for over 25 years to realize a simple notion: That all individuals, regardless of their circumstances, can access the care they need to live healthy and productive lives.
Currently Mr. McKendree is director of the Pennsylvania Healthcare Benefit Solutions Program (PHBSP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency helping people access affordable healthcare services through counseling, education and advocacy.
Prior to his work at PHBSP, Bill was program manager for the Allegheny County APPRISE office for Pennsylvania’s Health Insurance Assistance Program. During his 13 years at APPRISE, more than 20,000 residents of Allegheny County were helped each year as they navigated through the complexities of state and federal healthcare benefit programs.
Previously he was director of the Western Pennsylvania Center for Aging Services, helping Pennsylvania’s seniors access medical, legal and social services.