For Immediate Release: August 22, 2018

Contact: Marla Sink at 919-807-6011

How to optimize your Medicare benefits

SHIIP holds free public events around North Carolina

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

At these events, SHIIP will provide information about Medicare basics, how to apply for Extra Help, a federal subsidy for people with limited incomes and assets, and how to assist with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. SHIIP will also show how important it is to review and compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the Annual Election 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.

Dare County: Aug. 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Medicare 101 Class: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dare County Baum Center, 300 Mustian St., Kill Devil Hills

Columbus County: Sept. 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Vineland Station, 701 S. Madison St., Whiteville

Ashe County: Sept. 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ashe County Services for the Aging, 180 Chattyrob Lane, West Jefferson

Durham County: Sept. 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 W. Trinity Ave., Durham

Randolph County: Sept. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Adult REC, 347 W. Salisbury St., Asheboro

Martin County: Sept. 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Medicare 101 Class: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Scout Hut, 117 S. Smithwick St., Williamston

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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