Elder Benefits

Below, please find topic links to information and resources that you may find helpful.

This site was developed to put access to information and resources in one place in order to empower people to be as independent as they wish. Many programs have online applications/enrollments. The Sawyer County EBS is also available to provide information, assistance and support whenever you need, and can also help with most applications/enrollments.



About the EBS Program

Elder benefit specialists (EBS) help answer questions and solve problems related to Social Security, Medicare, health insurance and other public and private benefits for older adults. They serve people ages 60 and over. Services are free of charge. Similar services are available to younger adults with disabilities through a Disability Benefit Specialist (DBS).
Benefit Specialists can provide you with the information you’re looking for and connect you to the resources you need.
  • Provide accurate information about a wide variety of programs that cover healthcare, food, and other household expenses
  • Help you identify and apply for programs that will best meet your needs
  • Help with an appeal when eligibility or coverage is denied
  • Advocate on your behalf
Additional EBS Program Information:


EBS Contact Info

Carol Martin
Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North
10610 Main, Ste. 224, Hayward, WI 54843
  • Email: cmartin@sawyerhs.hayward.wi.us
  • ADRC-N: 1-866-663-3607 x205; or 715-934-0344 (direct)
  • Sawyer County: 715-634-4806 x2308 or 715-638-3308 (direct)
  • Fax: 715-634-3580
Hours: 
  • Monday through Thursday, 8:00-11:30a and 12:00-5:00 pm


We are currently open again for face-to-face visits, but can do many things remotely by phone, virtual meeting or email- whatever works best for you!

Please contact Carol for
information or assistance
with services/benefits!

Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s brochure EBS: The Red Tape Cutters- with Carol's contact info!


Helpful Links to Information

Below, please find topic links to information and resources that you may find helpful. This site was developed to put access to commonly asked information in one place in order to empower people to be as independent as they wish. Many programs have online applications/enrollments. 
The Sawyer County EBS is also available to provide information, assistance and support and can help with most applications/enrollments.



COVID-19 Resources



What You Should Know Before You Turn 65 

GWAAR What to Know When You Turn 65 image Opens in new windowHelpful information from GWAAR.org- The Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging:


 

Social Security Administration (SSA): https://www.ssa.gov/

Sawyer County residents are assigned to the Social Security Administration office in Superior, WI 54880: Contact info

Disability Benefits

Information about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Applying for Medicare Benefits

It is recommended to apply 2-3 months prior to when you would like the benefit to begin. Contact EBS for more info.

Applying for Retirement Benefits

It is recommended to apply 2-3 months prior to when you would like the benefit to begin.

SSA Resources

 


Medicare:  www.medicare.gov/

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for: People who are 65 or older; Certain younger people with disabilities and People with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).  Note: Enrollment for Medicare Part A and Part B is completed through the Social Security Administration. The EBS can assist with A/B Enrollments, or you can use the handout: Enrolling in Medicare through the Social Security Administration.

IEP-Graphic

Complete and return the fillable and printable pdf form if you'd like Sawyer County's EBS to run a Medicare PlanFinder comparison for the top three most cost-effective Medicare Advantage Plans or Medicare Part D plans based on your current medications, which you can then review and use for decision making.

EBS' Favorite Links about Medicare Enrollment:

Medicare's Online Plan Finders/Local Resource

Additional Links of Medicare Interest

Medicare Apps and Tools

Medicare's (Lifetime) Late Enrollment Penalty Information for:

Medicare & You Handbook

The Medicare & You Handbook is the definitive guide to Medicare. It's available online in different formats including: Pdf; Large Print; Ebook; Audiobook; & Braille; and can be requested in book form. Books can also be picked up at the ADRC (limited supply).

Programs that Can Assist with Medicare Costs:

Note: A Medicare Savings Program recipient and/or Medicaid recipient is automatically eligible for Extra Help and auto-enrolled by Social Security into a Part D plan unless they choose their own plan to enroll in. 

Part D enrollment assistance is available from the EBS or with the Medicare’s Plan Finder.

Medicare Fraud- Info and Resources:

Resources re: Someone to Talk for Medicare Information and Assistance



Wisconsin Medicaid Resources


  • Medicare Savings Programs
    • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)
    • Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB & SLMB+)
    • Qualified Disabled and Working Individual (QDWI) Program
  • Applications, renewals and changes can be completed by phone or online at: www.access.wisconsin.gov.
  • If you have applied for, or are already enrolled in, WI Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus, FoodShare, WI Shares Child Care Subsidy or Wisconsin Works, you can use the mobile app: MyACCESS to manage your benefits.

Additional Information for Wisconsin Medicaid:



Housing Resources

For general information about rental assistance, tenant/landlord rights, grants/loans for repairs, and assistance with completing applications, please contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North



Energy Assistance


Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
  • Sawyer County Energy Assistance: 715-634-4806
  • LCO Energy Assistance: 715-634-8934 x7474
For information about other energy resources, please contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North



FoodShare (SNAP)


For information about other nutritional programs and food resources, please contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North

 


Transportation

For information about other transportation resources, please contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North

 


Additional Links of Interest

Local Links:

Sawyer County:LCO- Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Resources: 

For information about other resources serving Sawyer County,
please contact the
 Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North

If you have feedback about this webpage, please contact Sawyer County EBS. Thank you!