Useful Medicare information in only a matter of minutes

The Medicare Minute Program is making its debut in Alaska. Launched in the summer of 2014 by the Medicare Information Office, it is quickly becoming a popular tool for seniors to educate their peers about their Medicare benefits and to protect themselves from Medicare Fraud.

The brainchild of the Medicare Rights Center, Medicare Minutes was created and launched in New York in 2001. Medicare Minutes are short, engaging presentations on timely Medicare topics that are presented at local sites on a monthly basis. Volunteers are provided with one-page, easy to read scripts that can be presented in 5 to 10 minutes. Volunteers can expand their delivery with provided teaching materials.

Each month the Medicare Information Office receives a new Medicare Minute, which they distribute to volunteers to present at community gathering spots such as support groups, senior centers, residential sites, community luncheons and church home groups. Volunteers are provided with a script, handouts for attendees, and additional teaching information.

The message, each month, includes pertinent fraud prevention information. Recent topics have included: “What’s New in 2015,” “Durable Medical Equipment,” “Part D Appeals,” and “How to Make Medicare More Affordable.”

If you are interested in presenting the Medicare Minute or you know of a venue for this program, please contact Nila Morgan at the Medicare Information Office in Anchorage at 269-4199 or