Welcome to the Sawyer County Elder Benefit Specialist (EBS) Webpage
Below, please find topic links to information and resources that you may find helpful.
This site was developed to put access to information and resources in one place in order to empower people to be as independent as they wish. Many programs have online applications/enrollments. The Sawyer County EBS is also available to provide information, assistance and support, and can also help with most applications/enrollments.
Medicare's Part D and Advantage Plan Open Enrollment October 15 – December 7
Sawyer County's 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment Packets are available below! They can be used to organize information before you use the Medicare.gov planfinder; or be returned to the EBS for open enrollment assistance.
Part D & Advantage Plan Open Enrollment Period
October 15 – December 7
About Open EnrollmentDuring Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, which runs October 15 through December 7 each year, beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare coverage. You can: Join a different Medicare Advantage Plan; Join a different stand-alone Part D plan; and Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan and vice versa. Any changes you make will take effect on January 1, 2020. You can make as many changes as you want during this period, but only your last coverage choice will take effect in January.
This 58 second video below provides a quick overview of Medicare's Open Enrollment.
|Four Reasons to Check Your Prescription Drug Plan:||What You Can Do:|
|Avoid stress in the new year by understanding changes in your plan and its future pricing now. Don’t wait until it’s too late to change. By reviewing your prescriptions during this period, you can potentially prevent a startling discovery in the new year.|
Medicare beneficiaries can receive free, unbiased assistance with plan comparisons from the Elder Benefit Specialists at the Aging and Disability Resource Centers. (See below.)
Elder Benefit Specialist Open Enrollment Assistance:
|We are still here to help.|
Due to COVID-19, however, open enrollment assistance will look different this year. Face to face appointments will not be an option, so extra time for phone calls and mail will need to be allowed. Virtual visits like Zoom are also an option, as are smart phone video calls.
2020 EBS Medicare Open Enrollment Packets - for Your Own Use, or to Return for EBS Assistance
I will run the Medicare Planfinder for you and contact you with the results.
|If there are unforeseen circumstances and I am not able to help you, it is possible that you may need to seek help from other resources besides the Elder Benefits Specialist for open enrollment this year.|
Assistance is also available through the following resources:
Please keep this list of resources handy in case you should need to use it in the future.
About the EBS Program
|Elder benefit specialists (EBS) help answer questions and solve problems related to Social Security, Medicare, health insurance and other public and private benefits for older adults. They serve people ages 60 and over. Services are free of charge. Similar services are available to younger adults with disabilities through a Disability Benefit Specialist (DBS).|
|Benefit Specialists can provide you with the information you’re looking for and connect you to the resources you need.|
Additional EBS Program Information:
Sawyer County's EBS
Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North
10610 Main., Ste. 224, Hayward, WI 54843
Phone: 1-866-663-3607 x205
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8-11:30a and 12:30p-4p
Please note, although no face to face visits are being scheduled at this time due to the COVID-19 virus…
We are still here to help.
Please contact Carol for
information or assistance
Helpful Links to Information
Below, please find topic links to information and resources that you may find helpful. This site was developed to put access to commonly asked information in one place in order to empower people to be as independent as they wish. Many programs have online applications/enrollments.
The Sawyer County EBS is also available to provide information, assistance and support and can help with most applications/enrollments.
What You Should Know Before You Turn 65
|Helpful information from GWAAR.org- The Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging:|
Social Security Administration (SSA): https://www.ssa.gov/
|Sawyer County residents are assigned to the Social Security Administration office in Superior, WI: Contact info|
|Medicare is the federal health insurance program for: People who are 65 or older; Certain younger people with disabilities and People with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). Note: Enrollment for Medicare Part A and Part B is completed through the Social Security Administration.|
Commonly Requested Resources about Medicare
Learn About Your Options: Medicare Health Plans, Advantage Plans and Medigap/Supplemental Policy Options
Part D Prescription Option
Wisconsin SeniorCare Option
Medicare Apps and Tools
Medicare & You Handbook
Additional Medicare Resources
Programs that Can Assist with Medicare Costs
Applications, renewals and changes can also be completed online at: www.access.wisconsin.gov
|Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North|
|Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)|
|Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North|
If you have feedback about this webpage, please contact Sawyer County's EBS