This one evening class will be led by a state certified Medicare benefits counseling professional designed for people new to Medicare, people planning for retirement and people who are caregiving for elders who need insurance information. Medicare 101 provides a detailed description of the four aspects of Medicare: Part A (hospital coverage), Part B (outpatient coverage), Part C (traditional Medigap & Medicare Advantage, and Part D (prescription drug coverage). Students will learn how the four parts of Medicare work together to provide comprehensive health insurance coverage; where, when and how to enroll in Medicare Part A and B, avoiding late enrollment penalties and finding the best supplement plans available using the Medicare Planfinder tool.
Art Budnik is Assistant SHINE Program Manager and has been with the Minuteman Senior Services SHINE Program since 2010. He is retired from a career in business application software development and holds a Master degree in Economics. Art has been a guest speaker on Medicare topics at the Lexington Council on Aging and all COAs within the Minuteman Senior Services catchment area. He was honored in Washington D.C. for winning the Silver MetLife Foundation and Older Volunteers Enrich America Award in 2011.