New to Medicare Educational Program - May 2, 2019

April 23, 2019

New To Medicare Educational Program – May 2

By Mary Loftis, SHIIP Counselor


Turning 65 can be a scary and confusing time. You may be asking questions like: “If I’m still working and have insurance do I need to enroll in Medicare?” “What’s with all this mail I’m getting now?” “What about Social Security?” “What is my full retirement age?”

These are very important questions and you don’t want to pay more than you need to or end up with a penalty for not enrolling in a timely manner.

If you are turning 65 in 2019 and/or are considering going off an employer’s insurance plan in the near future this “New to Medicare” program is designed for you.

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), which is part of the Nebraska Department of Insurance, provides unbiased information to assist individuals as they reach this important point in their lives.

I’ve been a SHIIP counselor for 14 years and have assisted hundreds of people explaining the different parts and costs of Medicare as they become eligible. In addition, I’ve helped many, many more Medicare recipients compare Medicare prescription drug plans each year.

          During this workshop, we will discuss the different parts of the Medicare program, costs, eligibility and much more. There will be time for questions and answers, because any insurance related program always leaves you with questions…especially one as individualized as Medicare. The best news is that I can’t, won’t and will never sell you anything. I work for Nebraska Extension and education is our business. Period.

          Anyone is welcome to attend no matter what county or community you live in. Bring along a friend, spouse or neighbor and any mail you’ve received that might be helpful to explain your questions.

          This free program will be in the Washington County Extension Office meeting room at 597 Grant Street, Blair, NE on Thursday, May 2 beginning at 7:00 p.m. I will offer this same program in Fremont at the Nebraska Extension office on September 11th if that fits your plans better.

Please call the Nebraska Extension office in Burt County at 402-374-2929 or in Washington County at 402-426-9455 to pre-register so enough materials are available.