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Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period

Open Enrollment runs October 15 through December 7 and is the time of year when you can make certain changes to your Medicare coverage. The last change you make will take effect on January 1. Take action during… Read More


Medigaps, what are they? Medigaps are health insurance policies that offer standardized benefits to work only with Original Medicare (not with Medicare Advantage). They are sold by private insurance companies. If you have a Medigap, it pays part… Read More

Happy 65th Birthday! Have questions about your new Medicare coverage?

Did you know that you are first eligible to sign up for Medicare 3 months before you turn 65? You may be eligible to get Medicare earlier if you have a disability, End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or ALS… Read More

Medicare and Transportation Services

Ambulances are vehicles that transport patients to and from medical facilities, like hospitals. Ambulances are medically equipped and staffed by professionals like EMTs or paramedics. Click this link to better understand how Medicare covers transportation in ambulances.

Lose your Medicaid coverage recently?

Do you need help with Medicare costs? Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) are state programs that assist you with paying your Medicare costs. To qualify for an MSP, you must meet your state’s income and asset limits. Contact SHINE… Read More

How to Lower Your Part D Drug Costs

Paying for prescription drugs can cause financial stress and worry. Learn about programs and strategies available for lowering your prescription drug costs in this handout from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). 

Volunteer Spotlight: Celebrating 9 Years with SHINE

SHINE counselor, Lynn Medini, celebrated 9 years of service; she’ll be retiring from her volunteer role in May.  When approaching turning 65, Lynn attended a SHINE-hosted Medicare presentation and soon followed up on how to become a SHINE-trained… Read More

Making a Difference and Delivering Service with a Smile!

On April 18, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida honored those committed to their volunteer role with Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE); a free, unbiased Medicare education and counseling program. The importance of their… Read More

April is National Volunteer Month!

Navigating Medicare can be complicated, but trained volunteers can help by answering questions and providing personalized guidance to those who need it. We want your help to support members of your community as they enroll in Medicare for… Read More

Medicare Minute: Talking to Your Doctor

This month’s focus is on understanding how to communicate well with your health care provider, know your rights if a provider does not think your care will be covered, seek a second and third opinion if needed, and… Read More