DRCOG to provide Medicare counseling for three counties

DRCOG's Area Agency on Aging is now the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provider for Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Medicare beneficiaries who are residents of these areas are eligible for free one-on-one counseling for Medicare information, advocacy and enrollment assistance. Effective immediately, DRCOG staff is ready to provide assistance. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7, when beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare health and prescription drug plans. SHIP program managers encourage beneficiaries to proactively seek assistance in researching Medicare plans, especially if their medications or health conditions have changed. Prior to calling for Medicare counseling, SHIP counselors request that beneficiaries ask their pharmacy for a list of their medications. Speak with a SHIP counselor for one-on-one assistance with benefits, coverage rules, forms, appeal rights and procedures, or for help enrolling in low-income supplemental programs to Medicare by calling 303-480-6700 or visit drcog.org/SHIP for more information.