N.C. SHIIP holds virtual informational fair to assist new Medicare beneficiaries

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program or SHIIP invites new Medicare beneficiaries to participate in a virtual “Welcome to Medicare Fair” to help with initial enrollment. The virtual fair will take place June 23, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. To register, visit www.shiphelp.org.

N.C. SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and provides free, unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. While SHIIP employs a small paid staff, a great deal of its outreach is performed through trained volunteers who provide one-on-one counseling in all 100 counties in North Carolina.

The fair will include general sessions with expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, costs, and coverage options. SHIIP experts will explain who is eligible for Medicare and when, how to sign up for Medicare, and what to do if you are still working when you are eligible for Medicare. 

The event will conclude with national presenters discussing the federal government’s role in Medicare, avoiding Medicare fraud, and the available Medicare assistance programs that help with Medicare costs.  Since this event is government funded, there is no cost to attend.

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.

You do not have to wait for this event to get Medicare help from our program.  For more information about Medicare, contact the N.C SHIIP office at 855 408-1212 or visit www.ncshiip.com.

This project is supported, in part, by grant number 90SATC00002 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.  Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions.  Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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