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The Make Medicare Work Coalition (MMW) is a collaboration to promote access to affordable health care options in Illinois. MMW is led by AgeOptions, Progress Center for Independent Living, and Smart Policy Works. We provide materials, training, and technical assistance to professionals serving older adults and people with disabilities to enable them to help their clients access health care and prescription drug services and supports. MMW was created through generous support by the Michael Reese Health Trust, the Retirement Research Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust.

Below are some of our MMW resources and educational materials (please note: the materials on this page may change frequently based on current topics of interest.)

MMW Email List

As of February 1, 2019, the MMW email policy has changed. Each of the MMW lead agencies (AgeOptions, Progress Center for Independent Living and Smart Policy Works) has their own email list. Each agency will send information to members of their email lists in keeping with the Make Medicare Work mission.

Sign up for each agency’s email list below:


Avisery by AgeOptions provides tools and support to professionals serving older adults and people with disabilities, enabling them to help their clients access healthcare coverage that allows them to thrive as they age. Sign up for the Avisery Email List.


The Progress Center for Independent Living MMW Email List will focus on healthcare training, education, and outreach events and opportunities with a disability rights angle. We will send information about trainings and events that are available to all but that approach issues through a disability lens, and that provide members of the disability community with tools and resources to navigate barriers within existing systems. To sign up for the Progress Center list, please send an email request to


Sign up for the Smart Policy Works Email List at


MMW Videos in ASL

Resources for Professionals Working with People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Medicare Materials

Medicaid and Managed Care Program Materials

MMW Bulletins and Updates

Consumer Materials

Other MMW Resources

NEW! A Guide to Dental, Vision, and Hearing Coverage for Older Adults and People with Disabilities in Illinois


This guide provides an overview on how Medicare and Medicaid cover dental, hearing, and vision benefits and what important factors individuals need to know before they receive care. The guide also includes a list of resources individuals can explore if they are uninsured or underinsured for these specific types of benefits. Please note, this guide is intended to be used as a reference for professionals who serve older adults and people with disabilities to better understand how these benefits work and is not a guarantee of coverage.


Avisery Webinar- Medicare & Medicaid Updates (July 24, 2019)


This webinar provided information on updates regarding the KEPRO Transition, DMEPOS Gap, Genetic Testing, Medicaid Managed Care, Temporary Card Process and more!






 MMW Webinar - Medicare & Medicaid Updates (August 30, 2017)

This webinar provided information on updates regarding the MACRA Act, 21st Century CURES Act, QMB & Improper Billing and the Medicaid Managed Care State-wide RFP and more.




AgeOptions Client Health Benefits In-take Sheet (updated 12/22/15)

This intake sheet was created to assist counselors in obtaining all of the necessary information to counsel consumers on their Medicare options once they turn 65.

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Click the link above to view a chart created by Health and Disability Advocates comparing the similarities and differences between the SSDI and SSI programs.