NJ’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Director Mary McGeary and Senior Medicare Patrol NJ Project Director Charles Clarkson team up for “Expert Guidance for Medicare Open Enrollment in 2020,” September’s episode of Aging Insights.
Noting that Medicare is “complex,” McGeary and Clarkson stressed the importance of reviewing your current Medicare health and drug coverage, adding that not every plan offers every benefit. They also noted that the public will be seeing lots of ads during this period, but warned that plans are not supposed to call you. “Take the mail and throw it away,” said Clarkson. “Call SHIP or go to medicare.gov to find a plan.”
SHIP provides free help to NJ Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about, their health insurance. A statewide program with offices in every county, SHIP is administered by the NJ Department of Human Services with financial assistance through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living. SHIP counselors can be reached at 1-800-792-8820. Visit state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/ship/.
Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. SMP of NJ at JFS is part of the national SMP network, funded by the US Administration for Community Living. SMP of NJ can be reached at 1-877-SMP (767)-4359. Visit seniormedicarepatrolnj.org/.
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