Medicare Counseling

Categories: Aging and Disability Resources

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The SHIP is a federally-funded grant program with the mission to empower, educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers through objective outreach, counseling, and training to make informed health insurance decisions that optimize access to care and benefits. SHIP is funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). To learn more about SHIP please visit the national SHIP Technical Assistance Center.

 Medicare 101 Sessions:

EAAA currently offers Medicare 101 through both zoom and a pre-recorded webinar, in order to continue to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing. Anyone within our 4 county service area is welcome to register. Registration is required. Medicare 101 provides a base of knowledge about Medicare to help you make a better informed decision about your health care coverage choices. Call EAAA to find out when the next zoom Medicare 101 presentation is scheduled to take place or request a pre-recorded webinar via email.

SHIP Appointments:

One-on-one health insurance counseling appointments can be scheduled after you have attended a zoom Medicare 101 presentation or watched the webinar. SHIP appointments are conducted by either phone or zoom. These appointments will pair you with an Aging and Disability Resource Center Specialist or a SHIP Certified Volunteer. These appointments are to review your individual situation and then empower, educate, and assist you to make informed health insurance decisions. To make a SHIP Appointment, call EAAA today.

Open Enrollment:

Medicare Open Enrollment takes place each year between October 15 and December 7. During this time period Medicare recipients are encouraged to review their Medicare Drug and/or Medicare Advantage plans. EAAA’s Medicare Open Enrollment appointments fill up quickly, call early to reserve an appointment.

 

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 Helpful Links

 

Medicare.gov    Social Security Administration   Consumers for Affordable Health Care  

Enroll207.com   Medicare Rights Center   Maine Bureau of Insurance

Learn More about the SHIP program