Feeling lost in the maze of Medicare? Region 10 and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) are teaming up to offer informative seminars on how to navigate the Medicare system.

This first series of classes is designed for Medicare “novices” and those who are new to the program. As open enrollment looms closer in mid-October, SHIP counselors will be available for one-on-one counseling sessions with Medicare recipients, who will be able to discuss their specific needs with knowledgeable volunteers.

The first scheduled class in Montrose is slated for Saturday, April 25th, from 10:00am to 12:00 pm at the Montrose Memorial Hospital. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the seminar, so participants are encouraged to bring their questions about Medicare with them. The seminar is free and no registration is necessary.

The classes will be led by state certified counselors who have extensive history in the health industry. Judy Dietrich, one of the SHIP counselors, discusses the value of information when working with Medicare: “Last year, with so many changes to the prescription drug plans, we helped many people save hundreds – sometimes thousands – of dollars. We even helped a few people save as much as $5,000!”
More events have been tentatively scheduled throughout the six-county Region 10 service area of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison, and Hinsdale Counties. In addition, a “ribbon cutting” ceremony to celebrate the SHIP and Region 10 partnership will be scheduled for a later date. Event information will be posted at www.region10.net/calendar once the details have been finalized.

For more information, please contact the SHIP office at (970) 249-2436 x209.