Colorado SHIP Week: Oct. 15 - 21, 2017

State Health Insurance assistance Program helps Medicare enrollees.

DENVER (Oct. 16, 2017) –  The Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is celebrating 25 years of serving Colorado’s Medicare enrollees. To celebrate, Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed the week of Oct. 15 - 21, 2017, to be Colorado SHIP Week.

The program, housed in the Division of Insurance, which is part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), helps Medicare enrollees navigate the Medicare system. It provides free, unbiased and individualized information. Over 846,000 Coloradans are enrolled in Medicare.

“SHIP is crucial for many people in our state,” said Kim Latta, Director of Colorado SHIP. “When our counselors work with someone to help them find the Medicare plan that covers their prescriptions or works with their doctors, that’s the on-the-ground assistance that makes a difference in people’s lives.”

“Our population is aging, and more and more people need Medicare,” said Marguerite Salazar. “Healthcare is complicated, but SHIP helps people to navigate the complexities of Medicare.”

Colorado SHIP has 17 local locations at partner agencies around the state. In addition to working with individual Medicare enrollees and family members, these locations conduct outreach events for their communities. Over the last seven years, Colorado SHIP has provided one-on-one assistance to 175,000 Medicare consumers, family members and community agency personnel. The program also assists disabled and low-income Coloradans with Medicare issues.

Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Call 1-888-696-7213 for information or assistance from a SHIP counselor in your area.

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The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regulates the insurance industry and assists consumers and other stakeholders with insurance issues.  Visit dora.colorado.gov/insurance for more information or call 303-894-7499 / toll free 800-930-3745

DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675

 


Media Contact:
Vincent Plymell
Division of Insurance
vincent.plymell@state.co.us 
p: 303-894-2261 | c: 303-910-9614