ACA | Medicare | Enrollment Resources


What is Medicare?
Medicare card
Medicare (the red, white and blue card) is a federal insurance program for people 65 and older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with end-stage renal disease. Original Medicare typically covers about 80% of your out-of-pocket medical costs.

The Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period runs each year from  October 15 to December 7, for plans starting January 1. The next Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period starts October 15, 2017 for 2018 plans.

If you, or someone you know, needs assistance navigating your Medicare coverage, or will soon be starting Medicare coverage and have questions, please contact CCHCC's Community Health Workers at (217) 352-6533.


Local Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Sites

SHIP sites provide free health benefits counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers.The goal is to educate, counsel, and empower people to make informed healthcare decisions. SHIP is an independent program funded by federal agencies and is not affiliated with the insurance industry. Illinois' SHIP program is sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging. There are three local SHIP site in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
(217) 819-4097

Family Service Senior Resource Center
(217) 352-5100

Presence Center for Health
(217) 337-2022


Medicare Resource Guides

CCHCC's Introduction to Medicare (pdf)

CCHCC's Medicare Coverage Choices - Advantage Plans and Supplement Policies (pdf)

CCHCC's Handout on the Extra Help Program for Part D (pdf)

CCHCC's Handout on the Medicare Savings Program (pdf)

CCHCC's Medicare Presentation from 10/12/16 Community Meeting (pdf)

SHIP's 2016-2017 Medicare Supplement Premium Comparison Guide for northern/central IL (pdf)

Visit Illinois SHIP online


Updated 03/10/17.

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