For Immediate Release: October 15, 2013

Don't Miss the Boat: The Annual Election Period is Here

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP want to make sure that Medicare beneficiaries don't miss the boat! The Medicare Part D Annual Election Period takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, can help Medicare beneficiaries compare plans.

"Now is the time to compare and evaluate your choices. You may be able to improve your coverage, save money or both." said Goodwin. "As always, SHIIP is here to help, over the phone or in person, at counseling sites all across the state. Let us help you find the best Medicare prescription plan for you or your loved one."

Assistance is available for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers:

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 800-443-9354 or visit