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Medicare Minute

Through Medicare Minute (formerly known as Seniors Out Speaking), the Medicare Rights Center works with host organizations nationally to enlist, train and track the outcomes of Medicare Minute volunteers as they help their friends and neighbors understand Medicare and related health insurance coverage. Currently reaching more than 50,000 older audience members each year, the Medicare Minute model builds camaraderie among older adults, strengthens community-based organizations and encourages participants to become advocates for their own health care and that of their peers.

Medicare Minute

Medicare Minute volunteers share Medicare Minutes—short, engaging presentations developed by the Medicare Rights Center on timely Medicare topics—at local sites on a monthly basis. Each month, older volunteers from a Medicare Minute host organization receive and discuss a new Medicare Minute, which they then present at local sites, offering valuable information to their peers, strengthening volunteer participation at host organizations and establishing programming that has a track record of securing funding from foundation, government and individual sources. Following presentations, Medicare Minute audience members have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss the content of the presentation and share their own experiences with Medicare and health care generally.

Some recent Medicare Minute topics include the following:

  • How to Appeal Denials of Coverage
  • Medicare’s Coverage of Hospital Care
  • How to Make Medicare More Affordable
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare
  • Medicare’s Coverage of Home Health Care
  • How to Read Explanations of Benefits and Medicare Summary Notices

Who else is using Medicare Minute?

Medicare Minute currently empowers thousands of older adults each month through presentations coordinated by Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), State Health Insurance and Assistance Programs (SHIPs), Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), Senior Medicare Patrol’s (SMPs), senior centers, libraries, labor unions and other partners in the following states:

I’m interested in bringing Medicare Minute to my community. How do I begin?

Host organizations should have access to interested volunteers (and be willing to increase volunteer participation as needed). Host organizations are also encouraged to identify a point person to serve as Medicare Minute coordinator and schedule Medicare Minute presentations at local sites, communicate with volunteers and track presentation data for monthly electronic reports.

For more information about how to begin offering Medicare Minute in your community, please contact Scarlet Watts at swatts@medicarerights.org.