AgeGuide Benefit Access Services

At AgeGuide, it is our mission to be a vital resource and advocate for people as they age by providing thoughtful guidance, supportive services, and meaningful connections. Gaining access to the benefits that you need takes a lot of time and effort but AgeGuide can help navigate you through these essential programs.

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides local, in-depth, and objective insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. Medicare is very complicated, and it can be expensive when you’re starting out and learning how Medicare works. Whether you are new to Medicare or you’re helping your loved ones manage their health coverage, SHIP counselors can help you navigate the many parts of Medicare and the benefits that can help save on your healthcare costs. AgeGuide and its partner agencies have SHIP counselors ready to answer your questions.

Illinois Department on Aging – Benefit Access Program

The Benefit Access Program (previously known as Circuit Breaker) offers a discount on your Secretary of State license plate sticker and the Free Transit Ride program. If you are over the age of 65 or under 65 and qualify as disabled and you meet an income limit, you may qualify for this cost saving benefit. The online-only application can be found on the Illinois Department on Aging website here or you can contact AgeGuide for assistance with the application.

Senior Medicare Patrol

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) educates Medicare beneficiaries how to protect their Medicare numbers, review Medicare statements to spot false charges, detect errors, and report suspected fraud. Volunteers and Staff receive extensive training on Medicare and the Senior Medicare Patrol program and work with the SMP Coordinator in their region to promote the educate Senior Centers, Senior Housing buildings and Senior Fairs in their communities.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for adults 55 and older. The program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors. Eligible participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid minimum wage, this program can be used as a supplement to Social Security income or as an opportunity for socialization. Participants gain work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers, and senior centers. Participants are connected to a career coach in their area who would assist them with finding a placement.

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AgeGuide Senior Health Insurance Program Partners

DuPage County

DuPage County Community Services
www.dupageco.org/seniorsvcs
(630) 407-6500
(800) 942-9412

Grundy County

Grundy County Health Department
www.grundyco.org/health
(815) 941-3404

Kane County

Senior Services Associates, Inc.
www.seniorservicesassoc.org
Elgin: (847) 741-0404
Aurora: (630) 897-4035
(800) 942-1724

Kankakee County

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
www.catholiccharitiesjoliet.org
(815) 933-7791

Kendall County

Senior Services Associates, Inc.
www.seniorservicesassoc.org
(800) 339-3200
(630) 553-5777

Lake County

Catholic Charities Lake County
www.catholiccharities.net
(847) 546-5733

McHenry County

Senior Services Associates, Inc.
www.seniorservicesassoc.org
Crystal Lake: (815) 356-7457
McHenry: (815) 344-3555
(800) 339-3200

Will County

Senior Services of Will County
www.willcountyseniors.org
(815) 740-4226

Additional Senior Health Insurance Program Sites by County

DuPage County

Grundy County

Kane County

Kankakee County

Kendall County

Lake County

McHenry County

Will County

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