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Whole-person care for Medicare beneficiaries: Coverage and access implications

March 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

March 16, 2022, 12-1pm

“What kind of care does Medicare get you? A Webinar on Challenges with Addressing Medicare Beneficiaries’ Whole-Person Health Needs”

There is an increasing recognition about the importance of care that supports all aspects of our health, including mental health and social needs. While Medicare provides reliable coverage of healthcare services to nearly 2.3 million Illinoisans, Medicare has limitations in terms of covered services and reimbursement policies that create serious implications for Medicare beneficiaries being able to access whole-person care that promotes health and wellbeing for diverse populations. This webinar will review these limitations, highlight implications on access, and review opportunities for improvement and advocacy.

Presented by Bonnie Ewald, MA, Rush University Medical Center



Bonnie Ewald, MA

Bonnie Ewald, MA, (she/her) is the Associate Director of the Center for Health and Social Care Integration (CHaSCI), an applied think-tank based at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago that advances practices and policies that expand access to social care. In this role, Bonnie leads workforce development trainings, provides technical assistance, and manages policy advocacy initiatives that enable effective integration of social care and healthcare. As Manager of Strategic Development and Policy for Rush’s Social Work and Community Health department, Bonnie also assists with departmental program development and evaluation and provides strategic management for Rush’s Community Health Worker and AmeriCorps teams. She serves as assistant professor in Rush’s Social Work department and adjunct faculty in the Health Systems Management department. She also serves on the Chicagoland Regional Planning Council for the American Society on Aging and leads the policy core for Rush’s Center for Excellence in Aging.

Bonnie has her master’s in public policy studies from the University of Chicago, a post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Urban Design from Archeworks, and a bachelor’s in mathematics and geography from the University of Wisconsin. 


March 16, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm