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Families, individuals on Medicare – and those about to “age in” to Medicare - and caregivers receive valuable information in Episode 27 of Quality Talk – “Coffee With CLAIM: Aging Into Medicare.” What are steps to take before turning 65 and after turning 65? What if the individual or spouse also receives employer-sponsored health insurance? What are the enrollment dates? And who can you turn to for help with the new maze of questions?

“Coffee With CLAIM” is Quality Talk’s fourth Medicare-related episode, highlighting the work CLAIM does as Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Though CLAIM works in Missouri, the information presented in this episode applies to all SHIP programs and Medicare beneficiaries across the country.

CLAIM staff featured in the conversation with Quality Talk host Jodie Jackson Jr. includes Carol Beahan, CLAIM program director; Tracey Wetzel, lead trainer; Xavier Vaughn, Outreach/MIPPA project coordinator; Cindy Carr, Region 1 regional liaison; Julia Allen, Region 2 regional liaison; Stacey Childs, Region 5 regional liaison; Carolyn Prim, Region 6 regional liaison; and Elizabeth Swanson, Region 7 regional liaison.

Xavier also gives some insight and update on new Medicare cards that are coming. Find out more about new Medicare cards here or in this news-you-can-use blog post from Primaris and this news release.

Previous episodes of Quality Talk that discussed Medicare topics and questions included Episode 10, “New Medicare Cards Are Coming,” and Episode 6, “Medicare Panel Discussion.” Episode 4 featured vital information and tips for the 2017 fall Medicare open enrollment period

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