Attention Baby Boomers
The oldest of the Baby Boomers are turning 65 this year, the eye-opening age of Medicare eligibility. As the reality of dealing with Medicare looms large, many people find themselves uncertain about their Medicare options and the processes for enrollment. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, is prepared to provide the assistance you need to understand your options.
SHINE is an unbiased information and counseling resource that trains volunteers to provide free, confidential health care advice to Florida’s seniors and the disabled, particularly about Medicare.
Individuals new to Medicare may enroll during the Initial Enrollment Period, which is the seven-month period (birth month plus the three months before and after) surrounding his or her 65th birthday. During this period, beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare Parts A, B and D, or they may alternatively choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan with or without drug coverage.
All current and soon-to-be Medicare beneficiaries are invited to make an appointment for one-on-one SHINE counseling or enrollment assistance. Appointments can be made by contacting the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337).