Receive FREE Medicare counseling on Wednesdays in Port Charlotte (Stock Photo)
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.
- June 8, 2018
-- Seniors with concerns about Medicare and other health insurance options now have the opportunity for free insurance counseling at the Mid-County Regional Library. Starting Wednesday, June 6, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida will return to provide SHINE counseling on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. SHINE counseling services have been discontinued at the temporary site (Port Charlotte Library).
The newly-remodeled Mid-County Public Library is located at 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. in Port Charlotte.
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors provide free, unbiased health insurance counseling by appointment.
Offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL), SHINE empowers seniors, their caregivers, and family members to make informed decisions about health care coverage. SHINE is a volunteer program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and part of the national SHIP Program.
SHINE counselors assist clients with Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, and long-term care insurance. SHINE counselors can help seniors and people with disabilities find programs which may lower their prescription drug costs, provide prescription drugs at no cost, or help with Medicare Part B costs.
To make an appointment at the Mid-County library, or to receive assistance by phone, call the AAASWFL's toll-free Elder Helpline at 1-866-413-5337. Additional counseling sites can be found on the SHINE website: http://www.floridashine.org
. SHINE is a volunteer program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. AAASWFL is the state's designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to helping adults ages 60 and over and people with disabilities to live with independence and dignity in their own homes and communities. More information is available at http://www.aaaswfl.org
or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER)