The Open Enrollment Period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program is a free and unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance for Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana. 

Assistance includes providing answers to common questions about Medicare, including: coverage, enrollment, eligibility and claims; explaining Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) policies and which companies sell them in Indiana; providing information on Medicare Advantage health plans and what plans are available where individuals live; and offering information about the Medicare prescription drug plans offered in Indiana and how to select the best one for individual needs.

SHIP counselors also help Medicare beneficiaries with determining eligibility for any of the financial assistance programs that are available to help with Medicare costs, including prescription drug plan premiums and drug co-pays, Medicare Part B premium, Medicare Part A & B deductibles and co-payments for doctor and hospital services. Check out information on the money saving programs that are available.

During the Open Enrollment Period of 2018, more than 200 clients were served. Total funding received for the Medicare savings programs was $5,200.

SHIP counselors are available to speak to groups that are wanting to learn more about the Medicare counseling or financial assistance programs. To schedule a SHIP volunteer to attend your event, contact SHIP coordinator Ginger Brockwehl at 219-464-1028 or ship@portercountyacs.org.