Comparing 2013 Medicare plans? County offers individual and group appointments to help wade through options

Tuesday, 11/6/12 - 10:15 am

The Multnomah County SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) program will offer a variety of options to help people with Medicare compare their current coverage with the plans available for 2013.

One-on-one counseling events at local libraries have been popular, and few individual enrollment appointments are still available. The county is also offering the “Plan Finder Boot Camp,” new this year, which focuses on the Medicare online plan finder and other tools for individuals to use on their own.

“Medicare coverage is very individual, and people approach it differently,” said Janet Bowman, SHIBA Coordinator. Many people would rather do their research themselves, but don’t know how to use the online tools to make it easy. Our Plan Finder Boot Camp is for them, and for family members helping a loved one.”

Enrollment Events (appointments are required):
Individual one-hour appointments with a trained, impartial SHIBA volunteer to compare plans.

Thursday, Nov. 8: Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland 97233

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook, Portland 97212

Tuesday, Nov. 20: St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston, Portland 97203

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland 97233

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook, Portland 97212

Community presentations - “Plan Finder Boot Camp”
Get the tools you need. Brief Medicare overview, tips on comparing plans, tutorial on using Plan Finder, questions and answers. No individual counseling at these sessions.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.: Gresham Regional Library, 385 N.W. Miller, Gresham 97030

Friday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m.: Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland 97212

Thursday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.: Neighborhood House Senior Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy, Portland 97219

Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.: Trenton Terrace Community Room, 4720 N. Trenton Terrace, Portland 97203

Friday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.:  SE Multicultural Senior Center, 4610 S.E. Belmont St., Lower Conference Room, Portland 97215

For more information

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Helpline at 503-988-3646.