For Immediate Release: September 20, 2013

Learn about Extra Help for Medicare Prescription Drug Costs

SHIIP holds free public events around North Carolina

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are pleased to announce a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries about opportunities to lower the cost of their prescription drugs.

At the events, SHIIP staff and volunteers will provide information about applying for Extra Help, a federal subsidy for people with limited incomes and assets to assist with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. SHIIP will also emphasize the importance of Medicare beneficiaries reviewing and comparing Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the Annual Election Period, Oct. 15- Dec. 7.

The events are free and open to the public. Goodwin, county officials, and SHIIP staff and volunteers will be in attendance. For more information about the town hall events listed below, contact or call 800-443-9354.

Wake County: Sept. 27
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cary Senior Center Ballroom
120 Maury O’Dell Place, Cary

Buncombe County: Oct. 4
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce Board Room
36 Montford Avenue, Asheville

Cumberland County: Oct. 8
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kiwanis Recreation Center
352 Devers Street, Fayetteville

Gaston County: Oct. 22
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Citizens Resource Center
1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy, Dallas

Mecklenburg County: Oct. 23
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers, Inc.
2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte

Watauga County: Nov. 21
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
L.E. Harrill Senior Center
132 Poplar Grove Connector - Suite A, Boone

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues. 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, call SHIIP directly at 800-443-9354 or visit