Senior LinkAge Line® Classes and Presentations

The classes listed below are instructed by Senior LinkAge Line® trained specialists and volunteers.

To learn more about each class or presentation, click on the title and a description will appear.

The Senior LinkAge Line® is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol for Minnesota.  Specialist provide free one-to-one assistance with all Medicare and health insurance issues and also provide in-depth long-term care options counseling.  Information is objective and neutral.

If you are interested in attending or your organization is interested in hosting one of these classes or presentations, please contact the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.

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Welcome to Medicare

(2-hour class)

Learning what to do when you become eligible for Medicare can seem overwhelming. This class is for people who will be new to Medicare and would like to learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Topics will include a comprehensive introduction to Medicare including what Medicare covers, supplemental insurance and Part D prescription coverage. During the class you will learn the Medicare enrollment details, how to get the most from your benefits and how to research your Medicare plan options using the Medicare.gov site.

Medicare 101- Where do you Begin?

(60-minute class)

Medicare can be confusing. If you know little to nothing about Medicare and want a brief overview before digging deeper, this class is for you. During this class you will learn the basics of Medicare Part A, B, C and Part D. This class will also give you information about when and how to enroll.

What’s New in Medicare

(2-hour presentation)

Staying on top of the latest changes in the Medicare program can be difficult. Medicare beneficiaries and their family members will learn about changes in Medicare for the coming year and how it could affect their benefits. An overview of the Medicare program, benefits and plan options for the new year will be provided. This presentation is offered in the fall of each year.

Senior Surf Day

(2-hour class)

Learn about the Internet, how to find answers to your questions, and how to use email or social media to stay connected with friends and family. Information is also provided about how to use Medicare.gov to compare health plans and check your Medicare Summary Notice for accuracy; all which helps to prevent health care fraud.

Senior LinkAge Line®

(30-minute presentation)

For more than 25 years, the Senior LinkAge Line has been serving older Minnesotans and their families by connecting them to the resources they need. The Senior LinkAge Line is your link to an expert on:

  • Medicare
  • Prescription drug expense assistance
  • Forms assistance
  • Long-term care options counseling
  • Finding resources in your community
  • Caregiver planning and support
  • and more!

This presentation will help individuals learn about the Senior LinkAge Line and how it supports older adults and their families with decision making.

MinnesotaHelp Network®

(30-minute presentation)

The MinnesotaHelp Network™ is a statewide network that helps people in Minnesota get connected to the right service at the right time. Assistance can be provided via phone, Internet chat or in-person. Learn about the tools and services that will help seniors, people with disabilities and their caregivers live well and age well.

Don’t be a Target of Medicare and Consumer Fraud

(30 and 60 minute presentations)

Protecting your personal information is the best line of defense in the fight against Medicare and consumer fraud. During this presentation you will learn how to:

  • Protect yourself from Medicare errors, fraud and abuse
  • Detect and report potential Medicare errors, fraud and abuse
  • Protect your personal information
  • Identify and protect against consumer fraud

Even when you do everything right, there is still a chance that you could be a target of fraud. Learn how to Protect, Detect and Report Medicare and consumer fraud and abuse.

Own Your Future

(60-minute presentation)

Long-term care is the personal care and household help you need as you grow older or have a chronic illness or disability. Medicare and your health insurance do not pay for most long-term care. Own Your Future is an initiative between Minnesota and the federal Department of Health and Human Services to help Minnesotans plan for future long-term care needs. This presentation will provide you with information on why and how to plan for your future health and personal care needs.

Pre-Admission Screening Overview

(30-minute presentation)

A Pre-Admission Screening must be completed by a qualified health care professional prior to admission to any Medicaid certified nursing facility, hospital “swing bed” or certified boarding care regardless of length of stay or payer source. This presentation is for professionals wanting more information about the Pre-Admission Screening process and how it applies to their work and the consumers they serve. Instruction is provided by trained specialists who conduct Pre-Admission Screening.

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