Medicare update, answers offered in AgriLife Extension webinar Feb. 22

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contacts: Andy Crocker, 806-677-5600,
Rachel Brauner, 979-845-1553,

AMARILLO – “Medicare 2017 and What It Means for You” will be this month’s topic of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Military Program webinar on Feb. 22.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for adults 65 and older and other qualified individuals. The program accounts for medical coverage for more than 48 million Americans through expenditures of more than $545 billion.

But many people don’t completely understand what Medicare is and how it works, said Andrew Crocker, AgriLife Extension program specialist in gerontology and health, Amarillo.

Crocker will be the presenter for the webinar and provide a broad overview of the Medicare program’s Parts A and B, which was presented in the “Back to Basics: Medicare” session last year, as well as what changes are being made to the program for 2017.

The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to all who may be interested, but registration is required, Crocker said. To join the session or for more information go to:

“While the Medicare program basics remain virtually unchanged year to year, a new year always brings a few tweaks to the program,” said Rachel Brauner, program coordinator with AgriLife Extension’s Military Program in College Station.

The session will also provide a broad overview of the Medicare program’s coordination of benefits with other programs such as Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance, TRICARE for Life and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits, among others.

The Military Families Learning Network Military Caregiving concentration will apply for continuing education credit from the University of Texas School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. Certificates of completion will also be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.

To access previous webinars, go to



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