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Senior health insurance info in Barrington

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Submitted by the Barrington Area Council on Aging

The Barrington Area Council on Aging can provide seniors with information on health insurance questions through the Senior Health Insurance Program.

SHIP counselors can answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug coverage through Medicare and other sources, long-term care insurance, Medicare claims and appeals and Medicare beneficiary rights and guarantees.

SHIP is a free counseling service provided by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Insurance. It trains volunteer counselors throughout the state of Illinois to provide seniors with one-on-one help with insurance.

Seniors and family caregivers can make an appointment with a SHIP counselor by calling BACOA at (847) 381-5030.

The Barrington Area Council on Aging Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to serve seniors, family caregivers and the community. Visit Information about the Senior Health Insurance Program is paid with financial assistance in part through a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal Medicare Agency.