No Cost Assistance for Medicare Open Enrollment
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period to sign up for 2019 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans begins on October 15 and will continue through December 7. PPACG’s Area Agency on Aging’s SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) is offering personal counseling to all Medicare-qualified individuals.
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older and those who are eligible for Social Security based on a disability.
The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services:
- Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care.
- Part B covers doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.
- Part D adds prescription drug coverage to Medicare.
Each year, you have a chance to make changes to your Medicare prescription drug coverage or Medicare Advantage Plan for the following year.
SHIP counselors are available October 15th through December 7th M-F 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on a walk-in basis at 14 S. Chestnut Street. PPACG Area Agency on Aging SHIP counselors will help Medicare clients review all of the options available to them in order to make the best decision for their coverage. SHIP counseling is free and counselors do not sell or endorse any insurance, so they can provide an objective view of the options. All are trained and certified by the state and by Medicare and have many years of experience.
For more information, call 719-471-2096.
About the PPACG Area Agency on Aging
The mission of the PPACG Area Agency on Aging is to help older adults by providing services and supports that enable them to remain as independent as possible in their homes and communities. Our State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors are able to help older adults toward that goal during the Medicare Open Enrollment period. By assisting Medicare beneficiaries through the many options available, our SHIP counselors can help beneficiaries save money that can then be brought to bear on other critical expenses, such as housing, food and transportation.
About the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
The Pikes Peak region’s 16 local governments join together in PPACG to collaborate on issues that cross political boundaries and to reach solutions that benefit the entire region. PPACG’s primary focus is regional planning in transportation, aging issues, military impact planning and air and water quality.