Every year between October 15th and December 7th, Iowans on Medicare have the opportunity to review and make changes to their drug plan or Medicare Advantage. The Part D and Medicare Advantage plans can change their coverage, premiums, co-payments, and provider networks every year. It is important that Iowans on Medicare use this time to review changes to their current plan and compare with plans available to them in 2024.
The Senior Health Insurance Information and Senior Medicare Patrol (SHIIP-SMP) programs are free, confidential, and unbiased services offered by the State of Iowa. SHIIP-SMP volunteers provide one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance at no cost to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. SHIIP-SMP also provides community outreach and education on Medicare financial assistance eligibility, and how to guard against Medicare fraud. In Lucas County, SHIIP-SMP services are made available at Lucas County Health Center.
“The SHIIP-SMP program has a great track record for saving Iowans money and helping them with Medicare questions and problems. In 2022, the program served over 60,000 Medicare beneficiaries and save clients in Iowa millions of dollars”, shared Kristin Griffith, the SHIIP-SMP Director.
“Our dedicated SHIIP-SMP volunteers have completed an extensive training program and are certified each year. Lucas County Health Center encourages Lucas County consumers to connect with SHIIP-SMP services by calling (641) 774-3226 and making an appointment,” said Kristine Kennedy, Volunteer Services Manager.