The Clewiston News

Seniors and caregivers don’t have to ‘Go It Alone’ when evaluating Medicare coverage

NORTH FORT MYERS The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is underway through December 7, and the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida reminds Medicare beneficiaries that now is a good time to review their Medicare coverage. For those considering making changes to coverage, SHINE is available to help.

The Agency’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program volunteers are

specially trained Medicare counselors who are available to provide free, impartial information and personalized assistance throughout Southwest Florida. During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), SHINE counselors will offer information and assistance at the following Glades and Hendry County locations and dates:

Hope Connections – 200 Second St., Moore Haven on Nov. 1 at 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hope Connections – 475 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle on Nov. 3 at 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Appointments are not necessary.

To receive optimal assistance, individuals interested in SHINE Medicare counseling should go prepared with a list of current prescriptions including dosages, and their current Medicare plan information.  A review of projected next-year prescription costs can sometimes yield a savings of several hundred dollars or more for Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare beneficiaries who are unable to attend one of the sessions above may call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-866-41-ELDER (1-866-413-5337) and ask for a referral to speak with a SHINE counselor from one of our local counseling sites.

SHINE is a free service of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, operated locally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida in North Fort Myers.  SHINE provides free and unbiased Medicare information and counseling.  For more information or to learn how you can help, please call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) or visit