State Health Insurance Assistance Program helps demystify Medicare

Free enrollment support available with certified counselors ~

(Denver, CO) – Medicare can be complicated. But navigating the insurance options for it does not have to be with the help of the Area Agency on Aging’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) at the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Certified SHIP counselors offer Medicare beneficiaries free, unbiased and in-depth information and enrollment aid. 

With open enrollment starting Oct. 15, SHIP counselors are out in the community educating individuals and groups about Medicare benefits, coverage rules, forms, procedures and how to protect against fraud. A “Medicare 101” workshop co-sponsored by the City of Centennial will be held at Smoky Hill Library on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. Event details and online registration are on the Arapahoe Libraries website. 

“Education is the best tool for self-advocacy while navigating the complicated world of Medicare,” said Clarice Ambler, lead counselor for SHIP. “We are here to provide support and information so you can find the right plan for you.”  

Currently, the Area Agency on Aging serves eight counties in the Denver region: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin and Jefferson. As the designated entity for the eight-county network, the agency provides a comprehensive and coordinated system of care for the region’s older adults and people with disabilities. For more information, please visit drcog.org/ship or call 303.480.6700. 

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