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May 20, 2021
6:30 PM
Time Details:
Begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp
Online Workshop
Free; Advance RSVP Required
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Making Sense of Medicaid: A Primer

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Join the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center for this primer on Medicaid. Medicaid provides health coverage to children, pregnant women, parents, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. It is the single largest source of health coverage in the United States. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 expanded Medicaid to cover nearly all low-income Americans under age 65. There are also parallel programs that have much greater financial qualifications. This free online workshop will serve as a general introduction to Medicaid for people of all ages and incomes. Ample time for questions will be provided. Presented by Matt Santelli, Community Outreach and Education Specialist for Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.

Learn the Basics of Medicaid

Most folks have heard of Medicaid.  Most folks have heard of Medicare.  And most folks confuse the two.  Join the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center for an online primer explaining Medicaid.  

“Making Sense of Medicaid: A Primer” will provide an overview of the Medicaid program.  In Washington State, Medicaid is called Apple Health.  Apple Health provides preventative care, like cancer screenings, treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and many other health care services in addition to long term care services and supports.

The presentation will be held offered once in May:
May 20, 2011 at 6:30.  Register online at
Join by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099 – Webinar ID: 992 3051 0933

“There is a substantial amount of confusion about Medicaid,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.  “Some people rely on Medicaid services when they should not while others who could pursue Medicaid fail to do so.  Our hope is that this event will provide basic understanding that can dispel misinformation and make it possible to receive the benefits and services that they need.”

While Medicaid exists in all fifty states, each state offers slightly different services and tailors specific financial and functional eligibility guidelines.  In Washington, Apple Health provides a wide variety of services including long-term services and supports, pharmacy services, immunizations, health home programs, dental and vision care, transportation services and more.  In addition, there are a variety of other non-Medicaid services that have broader eligibility qualifications.  The presentation will also include information about these other programs and their available services, qualifications and application procedures.

“Making Sense of Medicaid: A Primer” will be presented by Matt Santelli, Community Outreach and Education Specialist with the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center.  The event is free for all ages.  Advance registration is required either online or by calling the ADRC at (253) 798-4600.