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Want to help Idaho seniors? Dept. of Insurance seeks Medicare program volunteers.

By: - March 31, 2021 6:47 am

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Program in Idaho is seeking volunteers to help senior citizens better understand Medicare.

The program, through the state’s Department of Insurance, helps train and certify Medicare counselors who provide assistance to Idahoans seeking Medicare coverage. The program can also help Idahoans update their Medicare plans with easy to understand explanations about their health care coverage.

“The Medicare program can be complicated, and confusion about the system often leaves seniors susceptible to fraud and expensive mistakes, including the potential loss of their health care coverage,” the Idaho Department of Insurance said in a news release. “As more Idahoans become eligible for Medicare, the need for trained counselors increases.”

For information about the program and how to volunteer to become a Medicare counselor in Idaho, participate in a Medicare workshop or speak with a health care counselor, call 1-800-247-4422.

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.