For Immediate Release: October 21, 2014

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, will host 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 that assists 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. For more information, contact SHIIP Outreach Coordinator Marcia Kelly at or call 1-855-408-1212.

Mecklenburg County
Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sharon Towers
5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte
*Park at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, for shuttle to Sharon Towers

Pitt County
Oct. 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pitt Co. Council on Aging
4551 County Home Road, Greenville

Rowan County
Oct. 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Inc.
1120 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Salisbury

New Hanover County
Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
RSVP/NHC Senior Resource Center
2222 South College Road, Wilmington

Pasquotank County
Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pasquotank Co. Cooperative Extension
1209 McPherson Street, Elizabeth City

Guilford County
Nov. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Senior Resources/Human Services Building
301 East Washington Street, Suite 110, Greensboro

Wake County
Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cary Senior Center Ballroom
120 Maury O'Dell Place, Cary

Robeson County
Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lumber River Council of Governments/Area Agency on Aging
30 CJ Walker Road, Pembroke


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 855-408-1212 or visit