WELCOME TO MEDICARE VIRTUAL FAIR

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JUNE 23, 2021 | OPEN FROM 3:00 PM TO 7:00 PM ET

Learn about signing up for Medicare! Go to www.shiphelp.org for more details, to see the agenda, and to register.

This fair is for people turning 65 or joining Medicare because of a disability. Learn about Medicare – and all its parts – to assist you in your initial enrollment decisions. There is no cost to attend. Join us online for any length of time!

Get trusted, unbiased Medicare education to help you make Medicare choices that best meet your needs.

There will be national expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, and coverage options. Chat with exhibitors from your state health insurance assistance programs (SHIP) for answers to your individual questions.

Title: Getting Ready to Sign Up for Medicare?

Subtitle: Come to a Welcome to Medicare Virtual Fair

Learn about signing up for Medicare from the safety and comfort of your home or office! This virtual, online Medicare fair is for people turning 65 or becoming eligible for Medicare because of a disability. This event is supported by a grant from the federal government, and there is no cost to attend. Attend for any length of time. Learn about Medicare – and all its parts – to assist you in your initial enrollment decisions. Visit www.shiphelp.org to register.

There will be expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, costs, and coverage options from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs). SHIPs are government funded to provide local, trusted, and unbiased local Medicare help to individuals in their states or territories. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SHIPs are providing safe and socially distanced Medicare education and assistance to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. This online Welcome to Medicare Fair is just one example. You can visit state-specific virtual exhibits and chat with SHIP about what to consider when making your Medicare decisions. Join us from your computer or mobile device anytime between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Visit www.shiphelp.org to register.

Depending upon your state or territory, SHIP services may be provided under another state-specific or local name, such as CHOICES, HICAP, SHINE, or an Area Agency on Aging. This event is hosted by the national State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) National Technical Assistance Center. The national SHIP Center connects the public with their local SHIP. See the SHIP Locator at www.shiphelp.org.

Here is an outline for the event presentations. (Times are shown in Eastern Time.)

3:00 – 3:20: Welcome and Introduction to the Role of the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs). Presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling and the SHIP National Technical Assistance Center

3:20 – 5:20: Medicare Eligibility, Enrollment, Costs, Coverage Options, and Coordination with                Other Insurance. Presented by SHIP expert trainers who will explain who is eligible for Medicare and when, how to sign up for Medicare, and what to do if you are still working when you are eligible for Medicare. They will also discuss Medicare costs, especially the importance of avoiding late enrollment penalties. You will learn how to navigate your Medicare coverage options and understand how Medicare works with other insurances, such as employer insurance, Medigap supplemental insurance, and retiree insurance.

5:20 – 5:40: Break (a good time to chat with SHIP experts in your state at their virtual exhibit)

5:40 – 7:00: Learn about the federal government’s role in Medicare, avoiding Medicare fraud, and Medicare assistance programs. Presented by representatives from the Social Security Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Senior Medicare Patrol, and the National Council on Aging.  

Visit www.shiphelp.org to register or to find the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in your state or territory. If you have Medicare questions, you can contact your SHIP at any time. Use the SHIP Locator at www.shiphelp.org or call 877-839-2675. If you have questions about the Welcome to Medicare Virtual Fair, email info@shiphelp.org.

The national SHIP mission is to empower, educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers through objective outreach, counseling, and training to make informed health insurance decisions that optimize access to care and benefits.

The purpose of the Welcome to Medicare Virtual Fair is to empower, educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals nationally in a safe, virtual environment.

This project is supported, in part, by grant number 90SATC0002 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.