Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey recognizes SHIIP volunteers during National Volunteer Week


Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is extending his sincere appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers in the Department’s Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) for their help in saving senior citizens more than $37 million in 2020.

“I appreciate the work these volunteers do day in and day out – not only during National Volunteer Week,” said Commissioner Causey. “These hard-working people selflessly assist our older North Carolinians with their Medicare needs and questions, many of whom are on a fixed income and need to save every penny to live.”

National Volunteer Week runs April 18-24.

North Carolina now has more than 2 million Medicare beneficiaries. Last year, more than 900 SHIIP volunteers helped more than 62,000 Medicare beneficiaries with issues related to Medicare or long-term care.

“Without our army of remarkable volunteers, SHIIP would not be able to reach out to so many Medicare beneficiaries in our state,” Commissioner Causey said. “I’m very grateful for their continued service to their fellow North Carolinians.”

SHIIP counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and long-term care insurance.

Seniors and caregivers can find local SHIIP volunteers by searching the SHIIP web page at Search For a Counselor By County webpage.

Since the program’s creation in 1986, North Carolina’s SHIIP has become a role model for other states and has received two national awards for “innovative” and “exemplary” service.

SHIIP counselors are not licensed insurance agents, and they do not sell, endorse or oppose any product, plan or company.  If you have questions about your specific plan, we encourage you to contact your insurance agent or the insurance company.

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