22. April 2020 - 9:00
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Alaska Volunteer Medicare Counselor Training | | Wednesday, 22. April 2020

Housed within the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Medicare Information Office is responsible for providing outreach and education regarding Medicare. The goal of Alaska’s Medicare Information Office is to educate, counsel, and empower Alaskans to make informed Medicare-related decisions and is funded by (3) grants from the U.S. Administration on Community Living. The grants are called SHIP, SMP, and MIPPA.
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides personalized counseling and conducts public outreach to assist Medicare beneficiaries and their authorized representatives with Medicare and related questions.
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) educates Medicare beneficiaries in their communities about how to prevent, detect, and report fraud, waste, error, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The Medicare Improvement for Patient and Providers Act (MIPPA) helps older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers apply for special assistance through Medicare by outreach and application assistance to those who may be eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy program (LIS), Medicare Savings Program (MSP), and the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.
All (3) grant programs heavily depend on recruiting and training a cadre of volunteer and agency counselors, such as yourself, in order to complete and foster statewide outreach and counseling.