Medicare Open Enrollment Comes to Newport County

Senior citizens have a lot to contend with, from increasing health concerns to worrying about financial needs during their retirement and now during a pandemic. Navigating through the Medicare system doesn’t make it any easier.

Medicare Open Enrollment will run from October 15th to December 7th this year and help is on the way for seniors needing guidance and assistance with the important task of choosing the right plan.  In a response to ensure safety during the COVID-19 crisis, the Newport County SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselors will be readily available in a remote fashion this year.  The SHIP program is a free counseling service that offers objective information on Medicare and Medicare-related services, including advocacy, signing up for Medicare and reviewing or enrolling in prescription drug plans offered by skilled and highly trained counselors.  These counselors are not employed by any health insurance company.  They are trained and certified by the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging.

This free service is administered by Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging and funded by the Federal Administration on Community Living.

Seniors from Newport, Middletown and Jamestown are asked to call 401-622-3252 to schedule a remote appointment.  Senior from Portsmouth, Little Compton and Tiverton are asked to call 401-644-3317.  In addition, seniors can call Child and Family Services at 401-848-4185.  All appointments will be conducted by phone or online. 

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