Medicare Education & Outreach

Benefits. Part A and B. Prescriptions drugs. Coverage Gap. Preventative Benefits.

Navigating the Medicare system can be difficult, and COAAA has knowledgeable and experienced staff available to answer your questions.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (800) 589-7277, or fill out our online request form if you have questions or need help with navigating the Medicare system.

Medicare for Beginners Video Series

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging has created this series of short videos to introduce you to five Medicare topics.

  • Medicare Part A:  This short video provides an overview of Medicare Part A, the part of Medicare that pays expenses when a person has been admitted into a hospital.
  • Medicare Part B:  This short video provides an overview of Medicare Part B, the part of Medicare that provides coverage for doctor services, many medical services provided outside a hospital or on an outpatient basis at a hospital, preventive care, and durable medical equipment.
  • Medicare Advantage:  This short video provides an overview of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans (also known as Medicare Part C). Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to Medicare, are offered by private companies who contract with Medicare, and include hospital, medical and prescription coverage all under one plan.
  • Financial assistance:  This short video provides information about programs that can assist eligible individuals in paying costs not covered by original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Medicare vs. Medicaid:  This short video provides an overview of the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Medicare for Beginners:  This 24-minute video contains all five topics collectively.

Medicare for Beginners Workshops

If you're new to Medicare or if you need help understanding your options, COAAA's free 'Medicare for Beginners' workshops are a valuable resource for unbiased information to help you make informed decisions.  COAAA does not represent or sell insurance products.  As of this time, all presentations for 2021 will be virtual. 

Upcoming 'Medicare for Beginners' workshops via Zoom:

  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. 

Registration is required.  Email Andy Haggard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.  If you have questions or need help navigating the Medicare system, you can call COAAA at 800-589-7277 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you would like to view a 'Medicare for Beginners' workshop, which includes informational slides along with an audio presentation, simply click play on the video below.    

Medicare for Beginners Presentation

COAAA Medicare 101
:  Medicare for Beginners slide show presentation.


The Ohio Department of Insurance publishes Medicare 101, an overview of information about Medicare Part A (inpatient coverage), Medicare Part B (outpatient coverage), Medicare Supplements (Medigap), Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and predatory sales practices.

Preventative Benefits

Medicare publishes a guide to preventive services that includes information about what disease prevention is and why it’s important, which preventive services Medicare covers and how often, who can get services, and what beneficiaries pay (often they pay nothing for many services).  Download a copy of Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services.

Low Income Subsidy

Medicare offers financial assistance for beneficiaries who are eligible for extra help to pay for the prescription drug benefit (Part D).

If you qualify and are approved for extra help and do not yet have Part D, you may choose and enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Your coverage will begin the first day of the month following your enrollment.

For help in applying, contact COAAA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (800) 589-7277.

There are also several agencies available and willing to assist you in determining if you may qualify and help you through the process: 

For individuals NOT yet eligible for Medicare, please visit the following sites to explore assistance or discounts for prescription drugs:

Additional Contacts

Ready to get help? Call COAAA at (800) 589-7277.