Free Medicare Seminars

Turning 65? Learn more about your Medicare benefits

Medicare Seminars

Are you looking for a Medicare primary care doctor as you turn 65? With our expanded primary care services and wide range of specialties, you can count on Loma Linda University Health to be there for you when you need it.

We know that choosing a Medicare plan is hard, so we're offering free seminars in a variety of convenient locations to help you understand your options.

Join us to learn about 2019 Medicare plans available from Loma Linda University Health.

Seminar topics

Learn about the 2019 Medicare plans available at Loma Linda University Health:

  • Medicare Parts A, B, C, D
  • Benefits of Medicare Advantage Plans accepted by Loma Linda University Health doctors.
  • Medicare options when it comes to Advantage, Supplements and more.
  • Find out if you qualify for Low Income Subsidy to help pay for Medicare premiums and medications.

Free Open Enrollment Seminars

Banning / Beaumont

Farm's House
6261 Joshua Palmer Way

Date

Wednesday, October 16
Wendesday, October 30
Wednesday, November 13
Wednesday, November 27

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am

Loma Linda Health Banning Beaumont
81 S. Highland Springs Avenue, San Jacinto Conference Room

Date

Tuesday, October 8
Thursday, October 10
Wednesday, October 23
Thursday, October 24
Monday, October 28
Monday, November 4
Thursday, November 7
Monday, November 11
Monday, November 18
Friday, November 22
Monday, November 25

Time

4:30 pm
2:00 pm
4:30 pm
2:00 pm
5:30 pm
10:00 am
2:00 pm
5:30 pm
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am

Colton

Denny's
160 W Valley Blvd

Date

Wednesday, October 9
Wendesday, October 23
Wednesday, November 6
Wednesday, November 20
Wednesday, December 4

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am

Hutton Senior Center
660 Colton Ave

Date

Wednesday, October 30

Time

10:00 am

Fontana

Denny's
17009-A Valley Blvd

Date

Thursday, October 17
Thursday, October 24
Thursday, October 31
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, November 14
Thursday, November 21
Thursday, December 5

Time

9:00 am
9:00 am
9:00 am
9:00 am
9:00 am
9:00 am
9:00 am

Fontana Senior Center
16710 Ceres Ave

Date

Wednesday, October 16
Tuesday, November 19

Time

10:00 am
11:00 am

Mimi's Café
16933 Sierra Lakes Pkwy

Date

Thursday, October 7
Thursday, October 14
Thursday, October 21
Thursday, October 28
Monday, November 4
Monday, November 11
Monday, November 18
Monday, November 25
Monday, December 2

Time

4:30 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm

Grand Terrace

Woody's Classic Grill
22400 Barton Rd #1

Date

Monday, October 14
Monday, October 28
Monday, November 11
Monday, November 25

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am

Highland

Denny's
2442 Highland Ave

Date

Friday, October 11
Friday, October 18
Friday, November 8
Friday, November 22

Time

9:00 am
9:00 am
9:00 am
9:00 am

Immanuel Baptist Church Highland
28355 Baseline Street, Room D122

Date

Thursday, October 24
Monday, November 4

Time

6:00 pm
10:00 am

Mi Cocina
27961 Highland Ave A

Date

Tuesday, October 15

Time

2:00 pm

Loma Linda

HomeTown Buffet
24990 Redlands Blvd

Date

Tuesday, October 15
Tuesday, October 22
Tuesday, October 29
Tuesday, November 5
Tuesday, November 12
Tuesday, November 19
Tuesday, November 26
Tuesday, December 3

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am

Loma Linda Community Center
25541 Barton Road

Date

Tuesday, October 15
Sunday, October 20
Tuesday, October 29
Thursday, November 7
Sunday, November 17
Thursday, November 21
Tuesday, December 3

Time

10:00 am
2:00 pm
6:00 pm
10:00 am
2:00 pm
10:00 am
10:00 am

Loma Linda University Drayson Center
25040 Stewart Street

Date

Wednesday, October 2

Time

10:00 am

Loma Linda Springs Apartments
11171 Oakwood Drive

Date

Wednesday, October 23
Tuesday, November 19
Tuesday, December 3

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am

Ontario

Denny's
715 N Milliken Ave

Date

Monday, October 14
Monday, October 28

Time

2:00 pm
2:00 pm

Rancho Cucamonga

James L Brulte Senior Center
11200 Base Line Rd

Date

Monday, October 21
Monday, November 4
Monday, November 25
Monday, December 2

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am

Redlands

Ayres Hotel
1015 W Colton Ave

Date

Wednesday, October 16
Monday, October 20
Friday, November 8
Wednesday, November 13
Monday, November 17
Tuesday, November 19
Tuesday, November 26
Monday, December 2

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am
6:00 pm
10:00 am
10:00 am
6:00 pm
10:00 am

Citrus Arms Apartments
151 Judson Street

Date

Tuesday, October 8
Tuesday, October 29
Tuesday, November 26

Time

10:30 am
10:30 am
10:30 am

Coco's Bakery
1140 W. Colton Ave

Date

Friday, October 11
Friday, October 18
Friday, October 25
Friday, November 1
Friday, November 8
Friday, November 15
Friday, November 22
Friday, December 6

Time

3:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm

Village Green Retirement Community Redlands
1125 Pine Avenue

Date

Friday, October 18
Wednesday, November 6
Friday, December 6

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am

Rialto

Grace Vargas Senior Center
1141 S. Riverside Ave

Date

Thursday, October 3
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, December 5

Time

11:00 am
12:00 pm
12:00 pm

Riverside

Cactus Cantina
151 E Alessandro Blvd

Date

Tuesday, October 1
Wednesday, October 2
Tuesday, October 8
Wednesday, October 9
Tuesday, October 15
Wednesday, October 16
Tuesday, October 22
Wednesday, October 23
Tuesday, October 29
Wednesday, October 30
Tuesday, November 5
Wednesday, November 6
Tuesday, November 12
Wednesday, November 13
Tuesday, November 19
Wednesday, November 20
Tuesday, November 26
Wednesday, November 27
Tuesday, December 3
Wednesday, December 4

Time

9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm
9:00 am
4:00 pm

San Bernardino

Arrowhead Country Club
3433 Parkside Drive

Date

Wednesday, October 9
Wednesday, November 13

Time

10:00 am
10:00 am

Denny's
702 E. Highland Ave

Date

Wednesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 30
Wednesday, November 13
Wednesday, November 20

Time

2:00 pm
2:00 pm
2:00 pm
2:00 pm

San Bernardino Leisure Point Apartments
1371 Parkside Drive

Date

Monday, October 7
Monday, November 4
Monday, December 2

Time

3:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm

Yucaipa

Corky's
31467 Ave E

Date

Monday, October 14
Monday, October 28
Monday, November 11
Monday, November 25

Time

2:00 pm
2:00 pm
2:00 pm
2:00 pm

Golden Oaks Retirement Community
33398 Oak Glen Road

Date

Friday, October 11

Time

1:30 pm

Yucaipa Senior Center
12202 1st Street

Date

Wednesday October 23
Monday, November 25

Time

2:00 pm
2:00 pm

Call 833-409-9410 to set up a private meeting or to accommodate persons with special needs. A salesperson will be at the seminar with information and applications. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in Medicare?

If you are currently collecting Social Security benefits, then you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. You will receive a card 90 days prior to your 65th birthday. If you are not collecting Social Security benefits, you will have to actively enroll yourself into Medicare by going online to www.ssa.gov or www.medicare.gov.

How much does Medicare cost?

Medicare Part A is the Hospital coverage, and there is no monthly premium for that. However, if you use the coverage, there is a $1288 deductible for each hospital stay. Medicare Part B is the outpatient Medical coverage. There is a monthly premium of $121.80 if you are new to Part B, an annual deductible of $166, and 20% co-insurance for services, hence, leaving “gaps” in the Medicare coverage.

How do I fill the gaps of coverage?

Many people take advantage of the rich Medicare Advantage programs available to us in Southern California. These programs are considered Medicare Part C. The Medicare deductibles are satisfied by these programs. Many of the Medicare Advantage plans have no monthly premiums and have very low co-pays for services.

These programs are run by private insurance companies that have contracts with the federal government in order to administer a Medicare beneficiary’s A, B and D benefits in one bundled plan. The programs include HMO’s, PPO’s and private Fee-for-Service plans. The private insurance companies get paid by the government for each member each month. Many of the plans are network-based and many times require the member to choose a primary care physician. The primary care physician refers the member to his or her network of specialists and hospitals.

Medicare Advantage also bundles the drug coverage, or Medicare Part D, into the health plan with no additional premium.

Medicare Part C = Part A + Part B + Part D.

Medicare Parts A and B get you via the Social Security Administration. Medicare Parts C and D get you through an agent or broker who represents a private insurance company.

What if I do not want an HMO?

If you want the freedom to go to any doctor who accepts Medicare and the freedom to self-refer to specialists, a “supplement” or “Medigap” plan may be your preferred route. You can also fill in the gaps in Medicare by purchasing a supplement. Locally, a supplement for a 65 year old will run around $140, depending on the insurance carrier. Then you would have to purchase a separate Part D plan, or prescription plan. That may run anywhere between $15-$104 per month. This is the most costly route, but it affords you the most freedom.

What if I have VA coverage? Do I still need to sign up for Medicare?

Yes, the VA encourages you to sign up for Part B, at least. If you delay signing up for Medicare Part B without proof of creditable coverage, you will be assessed penalties. VA medical coverage is not considered creditable coverage. You can have both Medicare and VA coverage simultaneously; they will not interfere with each other. They just give you two sets of healthcare providers from which to choose when you need care. The VA, however, does provide creditable prescription coverage. So you would be able to delay having a Part D plan without a penalty.

What if I want to keep my employer coverage and not pay the $121.80 for Medicare?

You can delay enrolling in Part B if you have creditable coverage through an employer. The coverage is creditable when it is considered as good as or better than Medicare’s coverage. When you lose the employer coverage, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, you can activate your Medicare coverage. But the time frame is limited, so you would want to let Social Security know as soon as you know the employer coverage will be ending. Many times, coverage you get through Medicare and a supplement is less expensive than employer coverage.