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Benton County Residents, we are pleased to announce sponsorship of Senior Health Insurance Information and Senior Medicare Patrol (SHIIP-SMP). This service provides free and objective one-to-one insurance counseling and assistance at no cost to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. SHIIP-SMP also provides support on guarding against Medicare fraud.

SHIIP-SMP assistance is available by appointment only beginning September 8th, 2022. Please see attached Benton County Public Health clinic schedule for available dates and times.

Call Barb at 319-361-7357 to schedule an appointment, she does not need any paperwork to get you started!

Dear Benton County Residents,

I am writing to inform you of some changes in the Senior Health Insurance Information and Senior Medicare Patrol (SHIIP-SMP) resources available in Benton County. First, I ask that you join us in thanking SHIIP-SMP Counselor Jennie Anderson for providing nearly 6 years of volunteer service. Jennie has retired from her volunteer role, and we wish her all the best in her next endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that Virginia Gay Hospital has been named an official sponsor of the SHIIP-SMP program. Virginia Gay Hospital will be joined by SHIIP-SMP volunteer Barb Parbs. Barb has served as a SHIP-SMP Counselor for nearly six years in Cedar Rapids, and she is happy to now provide the service closer to home. Barb is ready to assist you with your Medicare needs, as well as run your Part D or Medicare Advantage comparisons for 2022.

As a reminder, SHIIP-SMP provides free and objective one-to-one insurance counseling and assistance at no cost to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. SHIIP-SMP also provides support on guarding against Medicare fraud.

Open Enrollment Period will take place between October 15 - December 7, 2022. If you would like assistance with your Part D and Medicare Advantage comparisons for the year ahead, please:

* Complete BOTH sides of the enclosed Client Information Form. Be sure to print your name as it appears on your Medicare card.

* Get a printout from your pharmacy of your current drug list which includes the prescription name, dosage and the quantity prescribed or complete the enclosed Drug List Form.

* Mail the completed documents to your SHIIP-SMP Office at: Virginia Gay Hospital, ATTN: SHIIP-SMP, 502 N. 9th Ave, Vinton IA 50237.

Your site will complete comparisons in the order they are received. It may take several days to process each comparison. Please get your information to your site no later than October 5, 2021 to be sure they have time to help you. You will be contacted regarding your options.

Thank you,

Kristin Griffith

SHIIP-SMP Director

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MD August 31, 2022, 8:59 pm Where are the forms available, didn't see a link on this site. Thank You
Marlyn Duncan

Editor's note: I just checked and they said to call Barb at 319-361-7357 to set up an appointment, she does not need any forms filled out prior to get you started!
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