Every year between October 15 and December 7, Iowans on Medicare have the opportunity to review and make changes to their drug plan or Medicare Advantage. The Part D and Medicare Advantage plans can change their coverage, premiums, co-payments and provider networks every year. It is important that Iowans on Medicare use this time to review changes to their current plan and compare them with plans available to them in 2023.
The Senior Health Insurance Information and Senior Medicare Patrol (SHIIP-SMP) programs are free, confidential and unbiased services offered by the State of Iowa. SHIIP-SMP volunteers provide one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance at no cost to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. SHIIP-SMP also provides community outreach and education on Medicare financial assistance eligibility and how to guard against Medicare fraud. In Buena Vista County, SHIIP-SMP services are available at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.
“The SHIIP-SMP program has a great track record for saving Iowans money and helping them with Medicare questions and problems. In 2022, the program served over 60,000 Medicare beneficiaries and saved clients in Iowa millions of dollars,” shared Kristin Griffith, SHIIP-SMP Director.
“Our dedicated SHIIP-SMP volunteers have completed an extensive training program and are certified each year. Buena Vista Regional Medical Center encourages Buena Vista County consumers to connect with SHIIP-SMP services by calling 712.213.8683 and make an appointment,” said Danielle Schlenger, BVRMC Education/Resource Coordinator.