Free advice for new Medicare enrollees

Will you be joining Medicare sometime in the next year? Medicare enrollment is usually not automatic so you’ll probably need to enroll with Social Security. Then you’ll have to decide what type of Medicare coverage you want. To make an informed decision about your coverage choices, you’ll need to understand a lot of new information.

SHIBA volunteers are here to make the transition easier for you. Join us for a free Welcome to Medicare presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Come learn how Medicare works, what your coverage options are and when you must act to avoid penalties.

This presentation will be available on Zoom and live at the Orcas Senior Center. To register for the Zoom presentation, email We will need your first and last name and your email address to register you.

Trained Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program volunteers will give this presentation. SHIBA, which is a free, unbiased and confidential service offered through the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, offers counseling assistance in San Juan County.

SHIBA has trained volunteer counselors available on the three major islands in San Juan County. Call the Lopez Island SHIBA office at 360-468-4117 to schedule your free personal, confidential, unbiased counseling session. The Orcas Senior Center sponsors the San Juan County SHIBA volunteers.