A federal grant of roughly $450,000 each year is helping Nebraska’s senior citizens navigate Medicare.
The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is run by the state Department of Insurance.
Counselors can help with Medicare benefits, Medicare Advantage products, Medicare Part D, and other issues, all for free.
Alicia Jones, SHIIP director, says there could be a big savings by reviewing your plan each year.
“If there’s anyone out there who has not checked their Medicare options yet, please give us a call. We can do that review for you,” Jones told reporters at a news conference.
The program saved Nebraska seniors almost $15 million over the past year.
“I had one of my counselors save somebody $35,000 just by running a comparison,” Jones said. “The person’s current plan didn’t cover four prescriptions. She was able to find her a new plan that did cover everything, and it was a $35,000 difference.”
Open enrollment for next year’s Medicare Part D drug plans runs through December 7, 2016.
SHIIP has seven offices across the state and a call center for seniors to phone in questions.
“There’s never a charge for someone to come in and receive our services,” Jones said. “They can come in, take as much time as they need, get all of their Medicare-related questions answered, and walk out of the door without paying a fee.”
Appointments are available in person or over the phone by calling 1-800-234-7119.