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) plays a vital role in ensuring the well-being and financial security of older adults and people with disabilities. As individuals age, their healthcare needs often become more complex and costly. SHIP provides essential guidance and information to Medicare beneficiaries and their loved ones, helping them navigate the often intricate landscape of Medicare and other healthcare options. This program empowers beneficiaries to make informed decisions about their healthcare coverage, prescription drug plans, and other related matters. By offering expert advice and assistance, SHIP contributes to the overall health and quality of life of our older adults and people with disabilities while helping them maintain their economic stability.
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 RTA 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 on how to protect their Medicare numbers, review Medicare statements to spot false charges, detect errors, and report suspected fraud. SMP volunteers and staff receive extensive training on Medicare and the Senior Medicare Patrol program and work in their region to promote the program at senior centers, senior housing buildings and senior fairs in the community.
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. 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.