Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group Presents: Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP)

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

What is MMAP – MMAP is Michigan’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)?

Come join us for a discussion with a certified MMAP counselor. Certified MMAP counselors have been trained in health-care benefits counseling.  MMAP counselors provide free unbiased counseling at multiple sites across Michigan.

An Employee Resource Group is a free employee-led group (open to all MSU employee types including faculty, academic, support staff, and post-docs) that fosters inclusivity and builds community for those with common lived experiences by providing group discussion and learning opportunities, programming, and platforms for sharing resources. The Adult Caregiving Employee Resource Group (Adult Caregiving ERG) is a place for Spartans to connect on adult caregiving issues (including elder care and other adult care, like adult children, spouses, etc.). The goal of the group is to discuss related topics with the goal of connecting, sharing resources, building community, and sharing best practices regarding adult caregiving.  

The Adult Caregiving ERG meets on the 2nd Tuesday from 12-1 pm during the academic year in the form of educational Zoom webinars, interactive “Ask the Expert” panel format meetings, as well as in-person family-friendly programs and events. 

No membership is needed and there is no cost to attend.


MMAP counselors can:  

  • Help beneficiaries understand health care options.
  • Compare or enroll in Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. 
  • Review a beneficiary’s supplemental insurance needs. 
  • Help beneficiaries understand Medicare health plans. 
  • Assist beneficiaries as they apply for Medicaid and the Medicare Savings Program (MSP).
  • Identify and report Medicare and Medicaid fraud and scams. 

About the Speaker: Sue Thuma, MSW Coordinator of the MMAP program

Sue is currently enjoying the role of Program Coordinator for the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) at the Tri-County Office on Aging.  Prior to joining Tri-County in 2021, she worked as a clinician and eventually Division Director at Barry Eaton District Health Department where she enjoyed a fulfilling 32-year career in Public Health.  She is a Spartan, having received her MSW from Michigan State University and enjoyed a long history of serving my community. 

Ready for a change, but still interested in working with the public, she retired from the Health Department in 2021 and embraced an opportunity to join Tri-County’s team.  Her role as MMAP Coordinator allows her the opportunity to provide health insurance education, support, and expertise to Medicare and Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries. She works closely with a team of volunteers who help administer the program and together we strive to ensure that individuals navigating this complex landscape have the information they need to make informed health insurance decisions. 

She lives with her husband, and I have lived in the Tri-County area for 36 years and have one adult son.