Many people think Medicare is something that arrives in the mail at age 65. Instead, Medicare is a series of personal choices. To make good choices, people must navigate a world of health insurance jargon, acronyms and deadlines. Understanding Medicare helps people get all their benefits.
The state class, offered by the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program, covers such topics as:
· How to get Medicare (not everyone gets a card in the mail)
· How to enroll in a prescription drug plan
· Different types of Medicare insurance (fee-for-service vs. managed care)
· Additional insurance to cover “gaps” in traditional Medicare
SHIBA is part of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. In addition to offering classes to the public, SHIBA trains a statewide network of volunteers to help others with Medicare.
People can take this class to learn how to make good choices about their own Medicare and to learn about volunteering. Additional, free training is provided to volunteers.
If you can’t attend a class but want more information on SHIBA, call 1-800-722-4134, or visit: www.oregonshiba.org.