Submitted by SHIBA Program, Inter Island Healthcare Foundation.
Are you joining Medicare this year? Depending on your circumstances you may be enrolled automatically by Social Security or you may have to submit an application. To make an informed decision about your coverage choices, you will need to understand a lot of new information. Medicare has its own vocabulary and rules. There are deadlines you need to meet and penalties (some lasting a lifetime) for not doing things at the right time.
You will have to choose among several ways to receive your coverage. Medicare coves most health issues, but not everything is covered. There are also federal and state programs available to help people with very low incomes and limited assets pay their Medicare premium, reduce their drug costs and more.
SHIBA volunteers are here to make the transition easier for you. Join us for an online presentation on Thursday, May 12 at 1 p.m. To register for the presentation email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-376-5892. This is a free presentation made by trained volunteers from the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program overseen by the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner to provide free, unbiased and confidential counseling assistance in San Juan County.