2017-08-10 / Healthy Living

Volunteers SHINE light on insurance


Elders in Naples, their caregivers and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn.

The state’s SHINE — Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders — offers counseling at the Alzheimer’s Support Network, 660 Tamiami Trail N., from 1-3 p.m. every second Friday of the month. The next session is Aug. 11.

This is a new partnership between SHINE and the Alzheimer’s Support Network.

A volunteer program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, SHINE empowers elders to make informed decisions about their health-care coverage. It is offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida.

SHINE volunteers can answer questions regarding Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning and more. They can help seniors and the disabled on Medicare find assistance programs that might lower prescription drug costs, provide prescription drugs at no cost and help with Medicare Part B costs.

To make an appointment for counseling at the new SHINE counseling site or other SHINE sites in Southwest Florida or to receive assistance by phone, call the toll-free Elder Helpline at (800) 413-5337.

For more information, visit www.floridashine.org. ¦

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