Remember that Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period is October 15 to December 7. Contact your local SHIIP Office for a comparison.
With the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) we advocate for, inform, educate and assist consumers on Medicare and related health insurance issues so they can make informed decisions and access resources to address their needs.
Our Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report health care fraud, errors and abuse.
SHIIP helps people on Medicare apply for assistance with their Part A and Part B premiums, copays and coinsurance, and prescription drug costs.
Make your health a priority. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit once within the first 12 months you have Part B. If you’ve had Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly “Wellness” visit once every 12 months to develop or update a personalized prevention plan.
Contact your local SHIIP for personalized, one-on-one counseling and assistance with understanding how Medicare works with your other insurance, including how to avoid late enrollment penalties.
Be aware of genetic testing scams. If you are approached by someone out in the public to swab your cheek for genetic/DNA/cancer testing, deny it. Medicare only covers this type of testing in rare, medically necessary cases. Contact your local Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-800-351-4664 (TTY 1-800-735-2942) for more information.
Medicare fraud puts the future of Medicare at risk. Medicare loses billions of dollars each year due to fraud, errors and abuse. Estimates place these losses at approximately $60 billion annually, though the exact figure is impossible to measure. You can help the fight against Medicare fraud by sharing this information with your friends and family.
For some, The SHIIP--SMP program's in-person help was essential for understanding the complexities of Medicare and making good choices. For others, SHIIP--SMP education helped them save on their health care costs.