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Georgia SHIP Offers Free Assistance to Medicare Beneficiaries during Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Saturday, Oct. 15, through Wednesday, Dec. 7. During this time, adults aged 65 and older and qualified people with disabilities under 65 can review their coverage options and make a choice that meets their health care needs.  

The Georgia State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is available all year, but especially during this important time, to help Medicare beneficiaries compare coverage options to ensure they are getting the best available coverage that fits their needs and budget. Georgia SHIP-trained counselors offer free help to those on Medicare who are 65 or older, and to qualified people with disabilities under 65, so they do not have to pay someone to help them understand their benefits.

“During open enrollment, people are usually inundated with mailings and phone calls. With information coming from so many sources, it can be difficult for Georgians to gather the facts needed to make an informed decision on which plan is right for them. Georgia SHIP certified Medicare counselors eliminate the guesswork through free, unbiased consultations,” said Christine Williams, the director of Georgia SHIP.

For more information, visit aging.georgia.gov/georgia-ship, or call one of the numbers listed below to speak to a certified Medicare counselor.

Community Organization

Hours

Location

Contact Information

Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

4080 Mundy Mill Road
Oakwood, GA 30566

770-538-2650

Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA)

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

135 Hoyt Street
Athens, GA 30601

706-548-4556

The Georgia Legal Services Program

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

104 Marietta Street, N.W.
Suite 240
Atlanta, GA 30303

877-220-0127

Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

13273 Georgia Hwy 34 E
Franklin, GA 30217

706-675-9031

The Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA, Inc.

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

525 Ellis Street,
Augusta, GA 30901

706-868-0120

Action Pact, Inc.

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

111 Medical Arts Drive
Reidsville, GA 30453

844-364-6361

Action Pact, Inc.

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1115 West Baker Hwy
Douglas, GA 31533

912-380-3753 or
844-364-6361

 

Georgia SHIP is administered through DHS’ Division of Aging Services. Visit aging.georgia.gov to learn about other services available to older Georgians and their families.

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