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Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance of Marion County counselors will be on hand.

MARION COUNTY SHIBA - SHIBA logoWoodburn area folks who would like to learn about Medicare may want to mark this date on the calendar.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) will be holding a free Medicare information class at the Woodburn Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.

SHIBA is a federally funded program that provides free, unbiased help and advice to Medicare beneficiaries or those aging into the Medicare system, according to Dianne McGill, program coordinator for its Marion County program.

McGill said certified SHIBA and Senior Medical Patrol (SMP) counselors will present the course. It will cover how Medicare works, how and when to enroll, supplemental insurance options, assistance for people with low income or resources and how to prevent, detect and report Medicare waste, fraud and abuse.

SHIBA is a statewide network of trained counselors who educate, assist, and serve as advocates for people with Medicare.  SMP is a federal program that works to prevent Medicare waste, fraud and abuse. 

McGill stressed that the timing of three presentation coincides with Medicare's Fall Open Enrollment period where some Medicare recipients can make changes to the health or drug plans. 


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