Health & Disability Advocates




The Make Medicare Work Coalition is a collaborative project between Health & Disability Advocates, AgeOptions, formerly known as Suburban Area Agency on Aging, and the Progress Center for Independent Living. The Make Medicare Work Coalition was organized to respond to the significant challenges posed to states, Medicare consumers, and health care providers by the MMA. The project marries policy, advocacy and education efforts in Illinois to provide a holistic approach to creating “smart” and responsive policy in Illinois. It also provides education and assistance to consumers in connection with the Medicare benefits being implemented through the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). To achieve this, the MMW has developed three initiatives: the MMW Policy Group, the HealthCare Choices Work Group and the HealthCare Choices Resource Center. The MMW has built a leadership partnership in its three lead agencies that maximizes educational materials as well as policy materials from one source.

For more information and to access MMW resource materials, click here to go to the MMW website.

Online Library

HDA has a wide variety of documents related to Medicare in our online Materials Library.

Here are some of the valuable resources you'll find there:

Chart of Benefits by Income Level

Chart of various benefits by income level

Access to Healthcare Brochure

This brochure explores the various healthcare options for people with disabilities who work. It provides a general description of Medicaid's 1619 program, the Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities (HBWD) program and Medicare's extended Medicare coverage available to individuals with disabilities. The brochure also lists resources available through the Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Projects for individuals who need more information about how income from their job may impact their ability to maintain healthcare coverage.

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers HR Bill 6331 Summary and Timeline

This summarizes the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (H.R. Bill 6331). The main focus of the law is to block scheduled cuts to physician payments, but it also provides several important protections for beneficiaries, including one that reduces the co-payment imposed on beneficiaries for mental health services. The summary offers a brief description of the provisions that are particularly relevant to Medicare beneficiaries and those who counsel them. It also provides an implementation timeline.

Web Resources

HDA also maintains a list of Links with many other websites and online resources on Medicare.