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Health Insurance Volunteer Counselors Are Sought To Assist Seniors

By Staff | Apr 4, 2017

For many people understanding Medicare and related health insurance can be confusing and overwhelming.

Where do I start? What are my options? Am I making the right decision? What will it cost me? Is there help if I can’t afford my insurance? I’m still working do I have to sign up for Medicare?

Trained SHIIP volunteers can help. The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a free health insurance counseling service of the State of Iowa Insurance Division. Over 360 trained volunteers assist thousands of Iowans each year to understand their Medicare benefits and options through individual counseling sessions, community education, special projects, and making connections in their communities.

Palo Alto County Health System would like to sponsor two volunteers to be trained by SHIIP to help assist people with their health insurance. Could you be a SHIIP volunteer?

Who makes a good counselor? You can be if you enjoy tackling new challenges, like learning new information, gain satisfaction from helping people, can work with diverse populations, and can be a objective and trusted source of information. Some computer skills are required as well.

SHIIP provides excellent training and resources to assure SHIIP counselors are prepared and have the tools they need for the counseling.

For more information about becoming a SHIIP volunteer counselor and to get a copy of the counselor job description, please call Lori Morey, PACHS Volunteer Coordinator at 712-852-5480.