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  November 30, 2018 -- Special Enrollment Period for Medicare recipients affected by Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that Medicare beneficiaries impacted by Hurricane Florence have been granted an extended Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to sign up for 2019 benefits...

  November 21, 2018 -- New Medicare cards have been mailed to N.C. residents; here's what to do if you haven't received yours yet

RALEIGH -- Have you received your new Medicare card? If you haven't, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey advises senior citizens to contact Medicare, either by phone or online, to check on the status of their new card...

  November 7, 2018 -- SHIIP teams with High Point University students to help seniors with Medicare enrollment

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is proud to announce a joint venture with High Point University that allows college students to earn "real life" work experience and college credit while also benefitting North Carolinian?s seniors with their Medicare coverage...

  October 15, 2018 -- Medicare open enrollment now underway and runs until December 7

RALEIGH -- The Medicare enrollment period is now open and runs for the next seven weeks. Each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plan and make changes as necessary. By comparing plans during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries can save money and ensure their 2019 plan is best suited to meet their needs...

  August 22, 2018 -- How to optimize your Medicare benefits - SHIIP holds free public events around North Carolina

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and staff from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are pleased to announce a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries on how to get the most from their Medicare benefits...

  July 18, 2018 -- SHIIP Announces Annual Regional Awards

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has announced the recipients of the annual regional awards from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program...

  July 18, 2018 -- Commissioner, SHIIP staff announce statewide award winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) staff have congratulated the winners of four statewide awards for their outstanding work in providing free, unbiased counseling about Medicare and other health insurance issues to seniors in North Carolina...

  March 21, 2018 -- Op-ed: Commissioner calls on Congress to preserve SHIIP funding

RALEIGH -- An effort is underway in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being penny wise and pound foolish...

  February 26, 2018 -- Insurance Commissioner Causey warns of Medicare scams

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey warns Medicare recipients to be on alert for scams...

  December 1, 2017 -- Changes to Medicare Part A and B for 2018

RALEIGH -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have announced the changes to Medicare Parts A and B for 2018. Each year, Medicare costs are reexamined to determine if changes need to be made to deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums...

  November 6, 2017 -- Compare Medicare Plans by December 7th

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and the staff of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, remind Medicare beneficiaries the Medicare Open Enrollment Period is underway and the deadline for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans is Dec. 7th...

  October 20, 2017 -- Medicare open enrollment now underway and runs until December 7

RALEIGH -- The Medicare enrollment period is now open and runs for the next seven weeks. Each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate...

  August 17, 2017 -- Getting the Most From Your Medicare Benefits

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) are pleased to announce a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries on how to get the most from their Medicare benefits.

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