For Immediate Release: July 29, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam or Kerry Hall: 919-807-6011

SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the winners of four statewide awards from the Department's Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, SHIIP, Division. They are: SHIIP Coordinator of the Year, SHIIP County of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Jim Long Outstanding Service Award.

"The Department's SHIIP Division could never serve our state's 1.3 million Medicare recipients without the help of our volunteer and coordinator networks in all 100 counties," said Commissioner Goodwin. "While all of our 800-plus volunteers and coordinators do an outstanding job, we are proud to honor those who have stood out for their service in the past year. These award winners provide excellent service to North Carolinians, and I'm honored that they are a part of our SHIIP family."

This year's award winners were announced at SHIIP's annual coordinators' conference in Greensboro, July 21-22. Congratulations to the following recipients:

"Congratulations to the 2010 award winners," said Commissioner Goodwin. "The SHIIP program provides a valuable service across the state, and the need for our Medicare counseling will only grow as North Carolina's Medicare population expands."

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance information. SHIIP's trained volunteers provide one-on-one counseling in all 100 counties. For more information about SHIIP or to get answers to Medicare questions, contact SHIIP directly at 1-800-443-9354 or visit the SHIIP Web site by clicking on this link.

Angela Miller accepts the SHIIP Coordinator of the Year Award from Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin
Angela Miller accepts the SHIIP Coordinator of the Year Award from Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin

Kay Warner, Pender County SHIIP Coordinator, accepts the SHIIP County of the Year Award from Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin
Kay Warner, Pender County SHIIP Coordinator, accepts the SHIIP County of the Year Award from Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin

Cheryl Hoffman (middle) accepts the Jim Long Outstanding SHIIP Service Award from Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and Peg O’Connell, wife of the late Insurance Commissioner Jim Long.
Cheryl Hoffman (middle) accepts the Jim Long Outstanding SHIIP Service Award from Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and Peg O’Connell, wife of the late Insurance Commissioner Jim Long.

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