Group helps seniors with insurance
The Rowan County Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), based at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, has just completed an annual enrollment period. Annual enrollment is a time period each fall which allows consumers to make changes in their prescription drug plans. Between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, the Rowan County SHIIP program counseled 246 Medicare recipients.
The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program is a division of the N.C. Department of Insurance. Specially trained volunteer counselors spend about one hour per client, answering Medicare questions and enrolling clients in prescription drug or supplement plans.
The SHIIP program offers valuable services to senior adults and helps consumers save money in several ways. SHIIP is a source of un-biased information on various drug plans, without the influence of any specific insurance provider.
SHIIP counselors can often save a substantial amount of money for consumers by helping them switch to more economical prescription drug coverage. And counselors may be able to suggest other money-saving services, like “Extra Help” through Social Security, for eligible clients.
There is no cost for SHIIP counseling, although the program gratefully accepts donations to help with expenses.
SHIIP appointments are available throughout the year, and are especially helpful for those who are newly eligible for Medicare. To schedule an appointment call the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7703 or 7704.
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