October 15-December 7
For those with Medicare, the open enrollment period is your annual opportunity to make changes that could save you money.
The Senior Health Insurance Information Program offers individual counseling sessions with trained SHIIP volunteers who assist senior citizens with questions regarding Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare claims processing, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug plans and long-term care insurance.
For an appointment in Orange County, NC call:
- Chapel Hill, Seymour Center (919) 968-2070
- Hillsborough, Central Orange Senior Center (919) 245-2015
To get more information
Contact NC SHIIP 1-800- 443-9354 or visit www.ncshiip.com
Extra Help Program (Low-Income Subsidy)
Do you know someone who is on Medicare and needs assistance in paying for prescription drugs?
Medicare beneficiaries may be eligible for the federal Extra Help low-income subsidy program if he/she has limited income and resources.
The Extra Help program can increase cost savings by
Paying all or part of the monthly premiums
Paying annual deductibles
Providing lower prescription co-payments under a Medicare prescription drug plan
To qualify for Extra Help
The annual income must be limited to $17,235for an individual ($23,265 for a married couple living together).
The total resources must be limited to $13,300 for an individual ($26,580 for a married couple living together). The resources do not include a primary residence or a vehicle.
- on-line at www.socialsecurity.gov
- contact the SHIIP office toll free at 800-443-9354
- In Orange County (919) 968-2087
How to become a SHIIP Volunteer
Not be, or have, an immediate family member who is an active insurance salesperson.
Complete a SHIIP Volunteer Counseling Report Form and a Client Agreement Form for each client. These should be submitted to the SHIIP coordinator or volunteer coordinator for each county.
Keep all client information (medical and financial) confidential.
Never recommend a specific insurance company or policy.
Assignment Days & Hours
Be on call to provide one-to-one counseling by appointment (1) at a counseling site (2) at a home-bound client's residentc or (3) by telephone.
Complete the basic SHIIP training (approx 24 hrs, Mon-Fri TBA) and participate in quarterly follow-up meetings (2 hours every three months).
Contact the Orange County SHIIP Coordinator, (919) 245-4275