- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department on Aging says seniors and disabled people can get free help enrolling in Medicare now through Dec. 7.

Agency Director John. K. Holton says deciding on Medicare coverage options can be overwhelming. Counselors from the agency’s Senior Health Insurance Program can help beneficiaries and caregivers understand their options.

The program - known as SHIP - is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. SHIP counselors can explain the drug, health and supplemental plans available during the annual open enrollment period. The enrollment period started Wednesday. It’s the time to review Medicare Part D, the Medicare Advantage plan or to ensure current coverage is working.

To contact SHIP, call 800-252-8966 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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Online: https://www.illinois.gov/aging/ship/Pages/default.aspx


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