Medicare Programs and Events
Due to the current COVID-19 community mitigation guidance, in-person programs may be suspended or moved into a virtual format. Please contact your local AAA for location-specific information. You can find your local AAA by visiting the AAA Locator.
Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight, PA MEDI, offers educational programs to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers through its 52 Area Agencies on Aging. Program availability varies from county to county and may include:
- Medicare 101
- Assistance Programs
- Annual Open Enrollment events and presentations
- Part B/Part D Penalty presentations
- Health Fairs/Expos
Program descriptions and a list of ongoing and upcoming programs can be found below. Interested individuals can register by calling the contact information or clicking on the registration link for the session they are interested in.
Medicare 101 Presentation
This introduction to Medicare includes detailed information about Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Part D, various rules and regulations surrounding Medicare and assistance programs. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
Assistance Programs (MIPPA Presentation)
This presentation will cover various assistance programs that can help lower Medicare costs. The presentation will review various programs in depth, income and eligibility requirements, the application process, and how the programs relate to Medicare. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
Annual Open Enrollment Period (AOEP) Presentation
This presentation details information about Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period and changes to Medicare for the upcoming year. The presentation includes information about Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D plans, how to compare and enroll in a plan, and general Medicare updates. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
AOEP Enrollment Event
This event is for the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period. During this event, certified PA MEDI counselors will assist beneficiaries in comparing and enrolling in Medicare Advantage Plans or Part D Prescription drug plans. Beneficiaries will also be screened for various assistance programs during the event. Appointments are generally required, but some programs accept walk-ins. If attending an enrollment event, please bring a copy of your Medicare card, a list of your current providers and a list of your prescription medications.
Part B and/or Part D Penalty Presentation
This presentation details information about Part B and Part D penalties. The presentation includes information about eligibility and enrollment into Medicare, how to avoid potential penalties, how penalties are assessed and what to do if you currently have a Part B or Part D penalty. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
PA MEDI staff and/or volunteers will be available at a public location to provide information about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Assistance Programs and Prescription Drug plan.
For general information or questions about PA MEDI programs, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.