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New SHIIP counselors offering Medicare information in Grundy County

October 16, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

Where can I go to find answers about the Medicare prescription drug plans? Are mammograms covered by Medicare Part B? What is a Medicare Advantage plan?

I'm turning 65-who can help me understand Medicare? My medications have gotten so expensive I just can't afford to take them all, is there any help?

Answers to these questions can be found by meeting with Cathy Harness and Ruth VanDeest, Senior Health Insurance information Program (SHIIP) volunteers at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital. Cathy and Ruth, both from Grundy Center, completed the extensive training program conducted by the State of Iowa Insurance Division.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital will hold a Medicare Part D Enrollment Event on Monday and Tuesday, October 24 and 25. SHIIP counselors will be available to help individuals compare Medicare Part D plans for 2017. Appointments are necessary. People wishing to schedule an appointment with a SHIIP counselor should call (319)824-5081 or (888)824-5081. Appointments are also available on other days throughout the open enrollment session.

SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, was created in 1990 in response to the statewide need for senior health insurance information. SHIIP provides free informational materials as well as one-to-one assistance with questions and problems related to Medicare benefits, Medicare supplement insurance, Medicare and insurance claims and other related issues. SHIIP does not recommend insurance companies, plans or agents; the volunteers answer questions and provide impartial information to help Iowans on Medicare make well-informed decisions.



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