Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Help preserve SHIPS (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs)

Press Release:
In the last year, the Allegany County Office for the Aging helped almost 1,000 clients with questions and assistance on Medicare, and that program could go away.  If you or a loved one ever felt confused by the Medicare program, please advocate to keep this important program alive.  Thank you!
We all know that older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers need assistance understanding the A, B, C and Ds of Medicare, and that in every state, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) answer questions about Medicare and help people solve problems.
Recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed to eliminate all federal funding for SHIPs nationwide. Now, it’s up to the House Appropriations Committee to decide the fate of this essential program. Eliminating SHIPs would leave millions who need support comparing coverage options, appealing denials, applying for financial assistance, and navigating increasingly complex Medicare benefits stranded—with nowhere to turn. As 10,000 Baby Boomers age into Medicare each day, rather than defund SHIPs, Congress needs to increase SHIP funding.
The House may vote this week so we are asking for your immediate help with Advocacy.
CALL TO ACTION: (use the quick links below to send an email to your Congress member)
·         Write to your elected officials about why investing in unbiased, personalized Medicare counseling is important to you and your community.