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  December 13, 2016 -- Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Extended for Select Counties in NC

RALEIGH -- The request made by the North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) for an extension to the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Administration for Community Living for the 16 counties hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew...

  October 14, 2016 -- Medicare Open Enrollment Period October 15 – December 7

RALEIGH -- Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year...

  October 3, 2016 -- Medicare Open Enrollment Period Oct. 15 – Dec. 7

RALEIGH -- Change is a part of everyday life and change may be necessary to get the most out of your health care benefits. Each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plans and make changes as necessary. Just as your health needs may change...

  August 5, 2016 -- SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIIP), congratulates 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...

  April 1, 2016 -- Public Invited to Free Medicare Event

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, Cherokee County Senior Services and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program invite residents of western North Carolina to join them at...

  February 19, 2016 -- Free Medicare Counseling Available at New Site in Gates County

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is pleased to announce that people in Gates County can now receive free, unbiased counseling about Medicare at the Gates County Community Center, 130 US Hwy 158 West, in Gatesville...

  October 13, 2015 -- Medicare Annual Election Period October 15 – December 7

RALEIGH -- Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That's why it's important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year...

  October 6, 2015 -- Free Medicare Counseling Available at New Site in Madison County

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is pleased to announce that people in Madison County can now receive free, unbiased counseling about Medicare at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 4646 US 25-70, Marshall, NC...

  August 13, 2015 -- Getting the Most From Your Medicare Benefits

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and 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 8, 2015 -- SHIIP Announces Annual Regional Award Winners

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 regional awards from SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program...

  June 26, 2015 -- SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, congratulate 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...

  October 21, 2014 -- Learn about Extra Help for Medicare Prescription Drug Costs

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, will host a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries about opportunities to lower the cost of their prescription drugs...

  July 18, 2014 -- SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH -- SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, congratulates 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...

  July 14, 2014 -- Free Medicare Counseling Available in Davidson County

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is pleased to announce that people in Davidson County can now receive free, unbiased counseling about Medicare at the Cooperative Extension at 310 East Center St. in Lexington...

  October 15, 2013 -- Don't Miss the Boat: The Annual Election Period is Here

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP want to make sure that Medicare beneficiaries don't miss the boat...

  September 20, 2013 -- Learn about Extra Help for Medicare Prescription Drug Costs

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are pleased to announce a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries about opportunities to lower the cost of their prescription drugs...

  July 18, 2013 -- SHIIP Announces Annual Regional Awards

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has announced the recipients of the annual regional awards from SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program. Goodwin congratulates the following honorees...

  April 18, 2013 -- SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has announced the winners of four statewide awards from SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program of the Department of Insurance...

  April 3, 2013 -- Special Election Period for Some Medicare Beneficiaries

RALEIGH -- More than 2,700 Medicare beneficiaries in North Carolina are eligible for a special election period due to the cancellation of Medicare Advantage plans issued by Universal Health Care and Universal Health Care Insurance Company...

  September 13, 2012 -- Medicare Annual Election Period is Oct. 15- Dec. 7

RALEIGH -- Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That's why it's important to evaluate your Medicare choices...

  July 27, 2011 -- SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin would like to congratulate the winners of four statewide awards from SHIIP, the ...

  November 12, 2010 -- Medicare Annual Election Period Begins Nov. 15

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin wants to remind the state's 1.5 million Medicare recipients that now is the time to review ...

  July 29, 2010 -- SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the winners of four statewide awards from the Department's Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, SHIIP, Division. They are ...

  May 7, 2010 -- Aetna's Ordered to Stop Ads and Enrollment of Medicare Part D Plans

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced that the Department's SHIIP program is available to help some 23,000 N.C. Medicare recipients who may be affected ...

  March 31, 2010 -- SHIIP Announces Events for Medicare Recipients Displaced by Fox Insurance

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the schedule of SHIIP events across the state aimed at helping the 24,000 ...

  March 10, 2010 -- Fox Insurance's Medicare Part D Plan Contract Terminated by Medicare

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced that the Department's SHIIP program is available to help some 24,000 N.C. Medicare recipients who are affected by ...

  March 5, 2010 -- Fox Insurance's Medicare Part D Plan Suspended; 24,000 North Carolinians May be Affected

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced that the Department's SHIIP program is available to help some 24,000 N.C. Medicare recipients who may be affected ...

  November 17, 2009 -- Medicare Part D Annual Election Period in Full Swing

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin wants to remind the state's 1.3 million Medicare recipients ...

  October 7, 2009 -- "Relay for Extra Help" Kicks Off to Raise Awareness of Medicare Savings

RALEIGH -- More than 100 seniors pounded the pavement today at a relay event in Raleigh to kickoff a statewide enrollment campaign for Medicare's "Extra Help" low-income subsidy ...

  July 31, 2009 -- SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the winners of four statewide awards from the Department's Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, SHIIP, Division ....