Senior Health (SHIIP)

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) educates people with Medicare, assisting seniors and individuals with disabilities make informed decisions about health insurance.

Because Medicare can be confusing, the State of Nebraska has developed a program to educate older Nebraskans and people with disabilities about their health insurance and increase awareness of health care fraud. This program is known as the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program, or SHIIP. The Nebraska SHIIP program is funded through federal grants provided by the Administration on Community Living.

The Nebraska SHIIP does not sell any products or policies, does not conduct market research, and is not related to any insurance companies. SHIIP not only provides presentations at senior centers and other organizations but also maintains a counseling program for Nebraskans who request one-on-one assistance. SHIIP counselors provide accurate, objective information; they help you understand your options so that you can make a better-informed decision.

Private counseling sessions may be scheduled to discuss Medicare benefits ts, Medicare Advantage products, Medicare Supplement policies, Medicare Part D, or healthcare fraud - just to name a few. All SHIIP presentations and counseling sessions are free and unbiased. Also, all counseling sessions are completely confidential.

 

Medicare Open Enrollment Events

Nebraskans with Medicare drug plans saved an estimated $11 million on prescription drugs this year by getting a free drug plan comparison from Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).  Medicare’s annual open enrollment period is October 15 through December 7. During this time, people with Medicare drug coverage can compare their personal list of prescriptions to new insurance plans for the coming year. If they find a plan with lower costs or better coverage, they can switch to new coverage and save. With Nebraska SHIIP’s help, drug plan comparison is quick, easy, and helps people with Medicare reduce their drug costs. SHIIP assistance is always free. Find an enrollment event in your area 2016 Medicare Enrollment Event List.

 

Event Calendar, classes, events and presentations

Medicare Supplement Policies, a guide for Nebraskans

I'm turning 65 - should I enroll in Medicare?

Important Links

Medicare.gov
The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare. Compare and enroll in drug and health plans, information regarding Medicare.

Social Security Administration
The Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. Apply for Medicare Parts A and B. Also apply for extra help for prescription drugs.

MyMedicare.gov
Medicare's free, secure online service for accessing personalized information regarding Medicare benefits and services.

WPS Medicare
WPS is the CMS Medicare Contractor which provides Medicare Part A and B benefits. Medicare beneficiaries will receive information from this organization when they use Medicare services.

ACCESSNebraska
Part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services; individuals can: select a self-screening application to determine the programs for which they may be eligible (including Medicaid, TANF, ADC, and Energy Assistance), complete an online application for programs for which they are eligible, and print a paper application that can be completed and mailed.

Nebraska's Area Agencies on Aging
Nebraska has several Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). The Aging Network in Nebraska is made up of individuals and organizations in the public and private sectors. A comprehensive list of services and resources is available.

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
The goal of the Nebraska SMP is to help individuals identify and report possible Medicare or Medicaid fraud, error or waste and to provide tips on how consumers can protect themselves from healthcare scams.

CIMRO of Nebraska
CIMRO of Nebraska is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Nebraska.

A Shopper's Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance
A LTC guide published by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).