Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program helps save North Carolina medicare beneficiaries thousands and thousands

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Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) [Submitted]

Many retirees and Medicare beneficiaries on a set income need to lower your expenses wherever they’ll. Annually, hundreds of individuals contact the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) throughout the state to assist them discover savings of their Medicare coverages. 

All year long, but particularly through the Medicare Open Enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, Medicare beneficiaries are urged to match their current coverage for the Part D prescription drug plan to find out if their current plan remains to be essentially the most appropriate for the approaching yr. Annually formularies change, prices change and programs change, and repeatedly the Medicare beneficiary is unaware of the differences. 

In 2021, SHIIP and its coordinating sites statewide assisted 58,000 consumers saving them $30 million. As well as, nearly 1,500 consumers received assistance applying for the Extra Help program.

In Currituck County, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program is housed on the NC Cooperative Extension Office. This yr volunteers and paid staff counselors met with 233 medicare beneficiaries saving these beneficiaries a complete of $72,460.00 in insurance premiums and drug costs. 

If you’ve questions on Medicare or the Extra Help program, contact your local SHIIP at 1-855-408-1212 to talk with a trained counselor or to request a free brochure. Contact information for local coordinating sites in each county in North Carolina might be found by visiting www.ncshiip.com. In Currituck County Contact the Currituck County Extension Office at 252-232-2261. 

About SHIIP 

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that assists individuals with Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare complement, Medicare Advantage, and long-term care insurance questions. We also help residents recognize and forestall Medicare billing errors and possible fraud and abuse through our N.C. Senior Medicare Patrol program. SHIIP counselors usually are not licensed insurance agents, and so they don’t sell, endorse or oppose any product, plan, or company. If you’ve questions on your specific plan, we encourage you to contact your insurance agent or the insurance company.

For more details about scheduling an appointment or being a SHIIP volunteer please contact Olivia Patchel via email olivia_patchel@ncsu.edu or phone at 252-232-2261. 

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