“Long-Term Care”–Three Words that Can Forever Change a Family

Three words families want to hear are “I love you.” Three words families don’t want to hear are “long-term care.” But these are words that many families learn the hard way when a loved one’s extended care event begins. Long term care is assistance provided to loved ones because [...]

2019-01-27T21:41:16-04:00October 27th, 2018|Insurance|

SHIIP is Not Just for Seniors

The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people aged 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare due to a disability.  Before you can receive Medicare due to a disability, you must have received Social Security Disability Insurance for a period [...]

2019-01-02T18:23:53-04:00November 9th, 2016|Insurance, Resources|

Do You Need Help Paying for Your Prescriptions?

Do you ever have difficulty paying for your prescription drugs? Do you have limited income and assets? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions and you are a person with Medicare, Extra Help may be available for you. The federal Extra Help program assists qualified Medicare beneficiaries with out-of-pocket expenses associated with Medicare Part D prescription drug expenses. [...]

2019-01-02T18:16:55-04:00October 28th, 2016|Insurance, Resources|

Staying Well with Medicare’s Preventive Services

Medicare benefits can do more than help cover the costs of doctor and hospital bills. Medicare’s preventive benefits help you to be proactive with your health in order to avoid serious illnesses or chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Whether you get a flu vaccine, are screened for diabetes or other illnesses, or want help to quit [...]

2019-01-02T18:24:36-04:00March 29th, 2016|Insurance, Resources|

SHIIP Is Not for Seniors Only

Did you know that if you are under age 65 and have a disability you may be eligible for Medicare? If you have questions about this or your health insurance options, SHIIP can help. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that provides free, unbiased counseling about Medicare, not just [...]

2019-01-02T18:23:27-04:00April 19th, 2015|Insurance, Resources|

Preparing for Medicare

How Should I Prepare for Medicare? More than 120,000 North Carolinians will turn 65 this year. Turning 65 is a lot like turning 16. When you turned 16, you didn’t automatically get your driver’s license; instead you had to take an exam and prove that you were a safe driver. There was a specific order and procedure for getting your [...]

2019-01-02T18:20:15-04:00January 19th, 2015|Insurance, Resources|

Volunteers are Essential for SHIIP’s Operation

Did you know that North Carolina has more than 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries? And all those beneficiaries are served by more than 1,000 volunteers and coordinators from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. That equates to almost 1,500 beneficiaries for every SHIIP volunteer. Housed within the North Carolina Department of Insurance, SHIIP was established in 1986 to help educate [...]

2019-01-02T18:27:03-04:00July 15th, 2014|Insurance, Resources|
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