For Immediate Release: August 17, 2017

Contact: Bob Rosser or Colin Day at 919-807-6011

Getting the Most From Your Medicare Benefits

SHIIP holds free public events throughout North Carolina

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) are pleased to announce a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries on how to get the most from their Medicare benefits.

SHIIP staff and volunteers will provide information about Medicare benefits and 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 Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 - Dec. 7.

The events are free and open to the public. Commissioner Causey, county officials, and SHIIP staff and volunteers will be in attendance. For more information about the town hall events listed below, contact marcia.kelly@ncdoi.gov or call 855-408-1212.

Wilkes County: August 23
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wilkes Senior Center
228 Fairplains School Rd., North Wilkesboro

Cabarrus County: August 28
10:00 a.m.-11:30 am
Medicare 101 Class: 12:00 pm -2:00 pm
Kannapolis Train Station
201 S. Main St., Kannapolis

Granville County: September 13
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Granville Senior Center
107 Lanier St., Oxford

Carteret County: September 15
10:00 a.m.– 12:00 pm
Leon Mann Enrichment Center
3820 Galantis Dr., Morehead City

Henderson County: September 21
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Blue Ridge Community Health Center
2579 Chimney Rock Rd., Hendersonville

Brunswick County: September 26
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Brunswick Center at Supply
101 Stone Chimney Rd., Supply

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 www.ncshiip.com.

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