Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15-December 7 of each year.
SHINE,(Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders), is a free, volunteer-based health insurance counseling program funded by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and locally operated by the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas. SHINE is also an award winning program geared toward helping elders navigate through the complicated health insurance system. The goal is to help elders understand and receive the health insurance coverage they need through Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Assistance, Long-Term Care Planning & Insurance, and other health care issues.
Volunteer counselors offer expertise on Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Assistance, and Long-Term Care Planning & Insurance. The volunteers focus on beneficiary rights and consumer protection, and also educate and empower elders so they can make informed decisions.
The Area Agency on Aging coordinates the information, counseling and assistance activities of the volunteers through the Helpline and other inter-agency partnerships. If you are interested in more information on becoming a SHINE volunteer, call Sue Samson at 727-570-9696 ext. 234.
To receive SHINE services call The Helpline at 1-800-963-5337. Calling from outside the area: 727-217-8111.
The SHINE website contains information about services as well as volunteer opportunities: www.floridashine.org. It also is an excellent source for links to Medicare, Prescription Drug Assistance, Medicaid and Low Income Programs, Disability, Social Security, and the Military.