Press release from the N.C. Department of Insurance

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, will hold a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries on how to get the most from their Medicare benefits.

At the events, SHIIP staff and volunteers will provide information about Medicare basics and applying for Extra Help, a federal subsidy for people with limited incomes and assets to assist with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. SHIIP will also emphasize the importance of Medicare beneficiaries reviewing and comparing Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the Annual Election Period, Oct. 15- Dec. 7.

The events are free and open to the public. Goodwin, county officials, and SHIIP staff and volunteers will be in attendance. For more information about the town hall events listed below, contact or call 855-408-1212.

Jackson County: Aug. 19
1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.
Medicare 101 Class: 3:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
Jackson County Dept. on Aging
100 County Services Park, Sylva

Caswell County: Sept. 1
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Medicare 101 Class: 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Caswell County Senior Services
649 Firetower Road, Yanceyville

Halifax County: Aug. 21
10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Medicare 101 Class: 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Halifax County Agricultural Center
359 Ferrell Lane, Halifax

Montgomery County: Sept. 15
10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Medicare 101 Class: 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Troy/Montgomery Senior Center
315 North Main St., Troy

Catawba County: Aug. 28
10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
West Hickory Senior Center
400 17th St. SW, Hickory

Currituck County: Sept. 17
10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
NC Cooperative Ext./Currituck Co. Center
120 Community Way, Barco

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues. SHIIP’s trained volunteers provide one-on-one counseling in all 100 counties. For more information about SHIIP or to get answers to Medicare questions, call SHIIP directly at 855-408-1212 or visit

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