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HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING

 

The RI Guide to Buying Medicare Supplement Insurance and Medicare Advantage Plans

is free from the DEA. The guide contains current information about available health plans in Rhode Island, including coverage and premiums.

To order a copy, all 462-3000 (Voice) or 462-0740 (TTY).

 

The Medicare web site, www.medicare.gov

offers information on Medicare, Medicare Prescription Drug (Medicare Part D) plans, and other Medicare benefits.

 

My Health. My Medicare

is designed to help Medicare beneficiaires get the most out of their health care. The Medicare web site also has information that allows consumers to compare the performance of nursing homes and home health care agencies using uniform national standards.

 

Rhode Island SMP

helps persons get the most out of their health care. SMP also encourages persons to report Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse. For information, call 462-0560.

SMP is funded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging.

 

The Rhode Island Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

is part of a national partnership to help consumers make informed health care choices.

Funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, SHIP volunteers provide one-to-one counseling to seniors, adults with disabilities, families and caregivers. The program is designed to help seniors and adults with disabilities understand health care cost and coverage and deal with issues regarding health care.

Volunteer SHIP counselors can discuss Medicare, Medicare drug plans, supplemental insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, over insurance, free and reduced-cost medical care programs, federal retiree health insurance, Veterans benefits and long-term care insurance and other programs.

For more information on SHIP, call 462-4000 (Voice) or 462-0740 (TTY).