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AARP ND - Get Ready for Retirement - Medicare

Start Date:10/1/2020

Start Time:3:00 PM CDT

Duration:60 minutes


For those approaching retirement, learn more about Medicare and Social Security. Attend this two-part education session intended to help people nearing retirement make informed decisions about both programs. Speakers from the N.D. Insurance Department and the Bismarck office of the Social Security Administration will focus on the basics of Medicare and how to get the most out of Social Security in retirement.

This session will focus on Medicare. The first session on Sept. 24 focused on Social Security. If you are unable to attend either of the presentations at the scheduled time, you can still register and watch them at a time more convenient for you. There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is required.

September 24, 2020 Register here:;F:QS!10100&ShowUUID=DD02DD99-BCC4-4D38-A116-3428EFD6AA50

October 1, 2020

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Janelle Middlestead

Consumer Assistance Division Director

North Dakota Insurance Department

Janelle Middlestead is the Consumer Assistance Division Director for the North Dakota Insurance Department with eight years of experience within the insurance industry. Janelle's mission is to educate and assist consumers of North Dakota as they explore their insurance needs including unbiased counseling for senior citizens to help them understand Medicare and supplemental plans. Janelle is the 2019 recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service.

Josh Askvig

State Director

AARP North Dakota

Josh Askvig is the State Director for AARP North Dakota. He had previously served as the Associate State Director for Advocacy for the organization. In that role Josh led AARP North Dakota’s efforts to successfully get the state to implement Medicaid Expansion. He also led the volunteer engagement effort to get the state to conduct a statewide study on family caregiver support needs. Josh has a broad background in advocacy and election work, having worked on Capitol Hill, as a campaign consultant, lobbyist, appointee and served two terms as a Bismarck City Commissioner, where he gained a broad background in community planning and design. He is a former aide to U.S. Senator Kent Conrad in his Washington, DC, office and received his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. Prior to working for AARP he spent 5 years as a field staffer and Government Relations Director at the North Dakota Education Association. He is an endurance junkie and avid runner who time qualified and completed the 2014 Boston Marathon and finished Ironman Wisconsin in 2019. Josh resides in Bismarck, with his wife Crystal and his 3 children.
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