It’s Medicare Open Enrollment time (October 15 through December 7) and SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) at SAGE will offer free assistance in reviewing your Medicare coverage for 2018.


A free program to discuss Medicare plans and options, and answer questions to prepare for open enrollment will be held at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street, Summit, on Thursday, November 16, 6 – 7 pm. The program will also be offered December 4, 1 – 2 pm.


SAGE Eldercare serves as the SHIP representative for Union County. Staff and volunteers are available for free, personalized, confidential, and objective Medicare counseling on decisions about coverage; help with claims, billing, or appeals; and provide information on programs for people with limited income and resources, as well as to help you reassess your coverage. The counselors receive ongoing training from the Division on Aging Services, New Jersey Department of Human Services.


“It is recommended that you obtain advice and guidance from someone who is not affiliated with a particular health care insurance company so that you can compare plans without any bias.  Personalized Medicare counseling is available, free of charge, from SHIP counselors, such as those who volunteer their time at SAGE,” said Elyse Drucker, Union County SHIP Coordinator. 


For more information or to register for the Medicare Open Enrollment programs, please call: 908.598.5548 or email: education@sageeldercare.temp312.kinsta.cloud. To make an appointment with a SHIP counselor, please call: 908.273.6999 or email: ship@sageeldercare.temp312.kinsta.cloud. If you live outside Union County, visit www.medicare.gov/contacts or call 1‑800‑MEDICARE to get the phone numbers of SHIP representatives in other NJ counties or in other U.S. states.


Since 1954, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities it serves amazing places to age.  The non-profit organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible.  From helping with errands and delivering Meals on Wheels, to exercise classes, community programs and support groups, Medicare counseling, care planning, an adult day health care center, and home health care, as well as the SAGE Resale Shop and Furniture Restoration Workshop, SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes.  SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers in Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties.  For more information, please call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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