DOBSON — The State’s Senior Citizens Health Insurance Information Program was established in 1986 to provide a link between senior citizens and their health coverage and continues to pay off big in Surry County.
Many retirees and Medicare beneficiaries on fixed incomes want to save money wherever they can. And officials of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, aka SHIIP – a division of the
It was started nearly 40 years ago by the late
The beauty of the concept involved is that, unlike some entities that claim to provide useful information to consumers, but actually want to sell policies to them, SHIIP advisors are completely unbiased. They are not licensed insurance agents and do not sell, endorse or oppose any product, plan or company.
People with questions about their specific plans are always encouraged to contact their insurance agents or relevant companies.
Strong local interest
The Elderly Health Insurance Information Program is particularly suited to a county like Surry, where 21% of residents are aged 65 and over, more than the country as a whole.
This was highlighted during a “Welcome to Medicare” program the agency hosted on
The Senior Citizens Health Insurance Information Program helps people with questions about Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and long-term care insurance.
Throughout the year, but especially during Medicare’s open enrollment period from
Each year, forms, prices, and programs change, and often the Medicare beneficiary is unaware of the differences.
The Senior Citizens Health Insurance Information Program also helps citizens recognize and prevent Medicare billing errors and possible fraud and abuse through the NC Senior Medicare Patrol program.
People with questions about Medicare or the Extra Help program — which helps people with limited income and resources pay Medicare prescription drug costs — can contact SHIIP at 1-855-408-1212 to speak to a qualified adviser or request a free brochure.
Contact details for local coordination sites in each county of
In 2021, SHIIP and its statewide coordinating sites helped 58,000 consumers, saving them
So far in 2022, the agency has helped 12,371 people, which translates to