Last updated: September 02. 2013 7:05PM - 848 Views
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DOBSON — The Senior’s Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is hoping a free noon seminar set for today at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service offices in Dobson will not only help those new to Medicare but care givers who want to help their parents with Medicare decisions.

The title of the seminar is Welcome to Medicare.

“We are targeting this to those new to Medicare who may have questions,” said Extension Agent Family and Consumer Education Carmen Long. “This is for those who simply want more information so they can make more knowledgeable decisions.”

Long said similar seminars had been held in the past for county employees. She said her office has heard from local residents who want to help their parents choose an adequate Medicare plan but have felt overwhelmed by all of the information and have been left without a clue.

“SHIIP doesn’t sell anything and we don’t have volunteers who profit from advice,” Long said. “We can get them an unbiased range of information which is concise so they can make the best decision possible. Several persons have told us they used us to double check information they had gotten from others. It’s a good idea to investigate your options. This is not easy when you turn 65 and receive all the ‘fan mail’ from companies offering you their plans.”

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance which offers free information about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare fraud and abuse and long term insurance.

She stressed the seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare or interested n a quick explanation of Medicare. The event will include a question and answer session. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Persons may call 336-401-8025 for additional information.

Reach David Broyles at dbroyles@civitasmedia.com or 719-1952.

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