Seniors in Medicare classroom
March 2, 2018 | by The Polyclinic

If you’re approaching 65, you likely have seen your mailbox swell with Medicare literature from health plans. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and not know where to start. We can help.

Start With Our Free Medicare Class

Every month, The Polyclinic hosts “The Polyclinic, Medicare and You,” a free, one-hour class that provides an educational overview of the Medicare basics. You’ll learn about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplement plans, prescription drug coverage, and available resources. This is a good first step before you start to compare plans and choose one that’s right for you.

RSVP online or call 206-860-4718 (TTY: 711). You don't have to be a Polyclinic patient to attend.

Below, Taylor Vidor, longtime presenter at our monthly Medicare classes, answers frequently asked questions about our Medicare classes. Taylor is a producer at Connexion Insurance Solutions and brings nearly 20 years of Medicare and insurance expertise to the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who typically attends the class, and which patients find it most useful?

Everyone gets something out of the class. There is a lot of information out there, and people want to know what applies to them. The class condenses overwhelming information and lays the groundwork for next steps.

Whether you are a patient just becoming Medicare-eligible, are disabled, are Medicare-eligible and still working, or have access to VA benefits, Tricare or an employer-sponsored retiree health plan, an overview of your Medicare options can help. We see people who have just turned 65, and we have patients who come back every year during Annual Enrollment Period (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7). It’s a good Medicare overview – at entry and throughout eligibility.

What are some misconceptions about this class?

This class is educational only; it is not a sales pitch or an opportunity to compare specific plans. We can answer many questions, but sales and benefit questions are reserved for a different time and place. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, has specific guidelines about promotional versus educational events.

What are the advantages of learning about Medicare in a classroom setting versus researching online?

You can – and should – research on your own and gather information. In the classroom, however, someone might share a personal experience or scenario you hadn’t considered. You can learn from your peers as much as from the instructor. The classroom setting is also more fun and enhances overall learning. At the start of the class, folks are shy and quiet, and by the end, many are connecting and commiserating about the shared challenges of demystifying Medicare.

What are the most common questions in this class?

  • Do I need to enroll in Medicare if I’m still working?
  • If I enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, do I still have to pay Part B premium?
  • Do I have to enroll into a prescription plan if I’m not taking any prescriptions?
  • If I choose a Medicare plan I’m not happy with, am I stuck with it?

As a Connexion producer, what I most enjoy is helping my clients find solutions. On a daily basis, I hear “I’m an educated, intelligent person, and I don’t understand Medicare.” If you are confused, you are not alone. Many people walk away from the class truly grateful for the help.

The Polyclinic has partnered with Connexion Insurance Solutions to provide Medicare expertise for our patients for more than 10 years. Licensed and certified Medicare insurance specialists at Connexion assist patients with the complexities of today’s Medicare market. They help patients review benefit preferences, analyze prescription drug needs, and find and enroll in plans accepted by providers. The team is dedicated to providing unbiased recommendations and can represent all plans at The Polyclinic. Email Connexion at or call 1-877-217-3279 Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.