For Immediate Release: April 18, 2012
SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has announced the winners of four statewide awards from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of the Department of Insurance. They are SHIIP County of the Year, SHIIP Coordinator of the Year, the Mickey Hanula Volunteer of the Year and the Jim Long Outstanding SHIIP Service Award.
“SHIIP would not be able to serve our state’s 1.5 million Medicare recipients without the help of our volunteer and coordinator networks in all 100 counties,” said Goodwin. “While all of our nearly 1,000 volunteers and coordinators do an outstanding job, we are proud to honor those who have stood out for their service this 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 awards were presented by SHIIP Deputy Commissioner Van Braxton at the North Carolina Association on Aging Annual Training Conference in Raleigh on April 18.
Congratulations to the following recipients:
- SHIIP County of the Year: SHIIP’s coordinating site in Durham County is Senior PharmAssist, Inc. This group of 13 volunteers provided counseling to more than 1,300 clients in their county and reached out to more than 1 million residents through various outreach efforts.
- SHIIP Coordinator of the Year: Carmen Long works with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, SHIIP’s coordinating site in Surry County. Through her outreach efforts, she reached more than 1 million individuals, and she and her three volunteers counseled more than 400 Medicare beneficiaries.
- Mickey Hanula Volunteer of the Year: Joe Buckner is from SHIIP’s Randolph County coordinating site, Randolph County Senior Adults. Joe counseled 295 beneficiaries and worked at his counseling site every week during Medicare’s Annual Election Period.
- Jim Long Outstanding SHIIP Service Award: Ed Regan, executive director of the North Carolina Retired Governmental Employees’ Association, is a tremendous advocate for SHIIP and has been instrumental in partnering with SHIIP to provide updated information to his association members.
“I congratulate all of the 2013 award winners,” Goodwin said. “SHIIP 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 Deputy Commissioner Van Braxton presents the SHIIP County of the Year Award to Dyana Morgan.
SHIIP Deputy Commissioner Van Braxton presents the Jim Long Outstanding SHIIP Service Award to Ed Regan.
SHIIP Deputy Commissioner Van Braxton presents the Mickey Hanula Volunteer of the Year Award to Joe Buckner.
(Left to Right) Ed Regan, Dyana Morgan, SHIIP Deputy Commissioner Van Braxton, Joe Buckner and Jeannie Schepisi accepting award on behalf of Carmen Long
SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and can assist anyone with questions about Medicare Part D coverage information and enrollment. Trained SHIIP counselors are available for one-on-one counseling appointments in all 100 North Carolina counties. For more information, contact SHIIP at 1-800-443-9354 or visit www.ncshiip.com.