Medicare: Other Insurance and Assistance Programs

Est. Study Time: 3 hours
6 CEUs
6 PDCs


This interactive course, organized into topic-specific modules, provides advanced learners with in-depth information on how Medicare works with other types of insurances, and how to navigate enrollment into low-income assistance programs. You will learn about Medicare coordination of benefits and how to screen Medicare beneficiaries for low-income assistance programs. Includes 18 Supplemental Fact Sheets that provide important information and can be downloaded and kept as a reference. Topic-specific modules include: Module 1 - Medicare and Employer Insurance, Module 2 - Medicare and Other Insurance, Module 3 - Medicare and Medicaid, Module 4 - Medicare Assistance Programs. Worth 6 PDCs (SHRM) and 6 CEUs (HRCI General Credits).
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Learning Objectives

  • *Updated in 2020
  • Explain what coordination of benefits means and differentiate between primary and secondary insurance
  • Determine when beneficiary’s current employee insurance pays primary or secondary to Medicare
  • Understand how retiree insurance, COBRA insurance, and Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) coordinate with Medicare
  • Advise beneficiaries about when they may or may not want to delay Medicare enrollment
  • Understand how military benefits coordinate with Medicare, including TRICARE, TRICARE for Life, and Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits
  • Explain how liability insurance, no-fault insurance, and workers’ compensation work with Medicare
  • Discuss the basics of long-term care and dental insurance
  • Recognize how Health Insurance Marketplaces may affect Medicare beneficiaries
  • Explain what Medicaid is and what makes someone eligible
  • Understand how to apply for Medicaid
  • Discuss the services Medicaid covers
  • Help beneficiaries’ transition among different types of Medicaid
  • Discuss Medicare Savings Programs and how to screen for them
  • Understand the federal Extra Help drug subsidy
  • Seek out state-specific assistance programs
  • Help beneficiaries apply for an array of programs

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