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Volunteers makes our communities happier, healthier places to live, and it's also good for the individual!
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Whether you are a new or current Medicare beneficiary, or are several years away from enrolling in Medicare, AARP of Oregon is committed to helping our members find meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community. By volunteering just a few hours a month, you can make a powerful difference in someone’s life. SHIBA is this kind of opportunity!
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Dan and Joyce Leonard of Colton have been recognized by AARP Washington for exemplary volunteerism and community service. AARP Washington recognized Dan and Joyce, along with two others, as part of the 2016 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service to honor individuals and couples for their remarkable volunteer efforts that have greatly benefited their communities, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. In Dan and Joyce's honor, AARP is donating $500 to a charity of their choice.
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This fall, AARP Idaho is encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to read their annual Notice of Change and to review their health and prescription drug plan options for 2017 during Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 th – December 7 th). Given the trend in high prescription medication prices, consumers are advised to pay close attention to their Medicare Part D drug plan options to help save money.
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Join the King County Library System for a special live telephone town hall meeting with specialists from the Social Security Administration and Washington Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors. Talk about how to make the most of your Social Security benefits, health insurance and Medicare coverage.
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Fred Turner has been an active AARP Idaho volunteer for nearly ten years.  Since commencing his volunteer service for AARP in 2006, Fred has served as co-chair for the Capitol City Task Force, the AARP state advocacy group, and he has served three consecutive two-year terms on the AARP Idaho Executive Council (since January, 2010).    For the past six years, Fred has volunteered as a Senior Health Insurance Medicare Advisor, which he continues to do from our Boise office every Tuesday morning.
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If you think Medicare is free, then you are in for a surprise. People on Medicare are spending a lot on health care! To see how much people on Medicare are really spending, click the picture below and explore AARP's Public Policy Interactive Storybook on Medicare.
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BOISE ID (October 14, 2015) – The Idaho Department of Insurance reminds Medicare beneficiaries that the annual enrollment period will begin October 15 and continue through  December 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can change, drop or enroll in a prescription drug coverage plan or a Medicare Advantage plan. Annual enrollment does not apply to Medigap.
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Consumers reported losing $1.7 billion to scams and frauds in 2014, according to an annual review released by the Federal Trade Commission. That figure is likely a fraction of actual losses, since many people never report their victimization.
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Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare benefits. Many newly eligible older adults will make enrollment mistakes and experience gaps in coverage; or even pay a lifetime of penalties. Medicare has very specific requirements, including deadlines that must be adhered to in order to receive the benefits that are expected. Oregon SHIBA counselors receive calls daily from Medicare consumers who are faced with costly penalties or disruptions in service due to lack of understanding the enrollment process. The common response heard from confused consumers is, “No one told me that!”  Even worse is when someone has been given the wrong information! Doctor’s offices and insurance agents often do not have a clear understanding of the system and may unintentionally misinform clients.  Unfortunately being uninformed earns you no saving grace in being responsible for penalties. The following is an example of an actual call to a SHIBA counselor.
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