Our AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers can help you select the best Medicare Plan for yourself

Are you confused by all the different Medicare Plans available to you? Do you want to learn more about Medicare in general? Our AmeriCorps Seniors program has trained volunteers who can help you learn the basics about Medicare. They do so as part of Oregon’s SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) program.

SHIBA volunteers can also help you learn about various Medicare plans so you can make the best choice for your coverage.If you are of a lower income, the volunteers will also help screen you for benefits to help save you money on your Medicare costs or benefits to help pay for prescription drugs.

This free service is available to you if you will soon be able to begin Medicare coverage (are nearing age 65) or are already on Medicare. You can get this service no matter what your income is.

If you would like help:

  1. Call or come in to request a time to meet.
  2. A volunteer will call you back and set up the meeting.
  3. A volunteer will either meet you one-on-one or over the phone.
  4. We will send you an information packet prior to your appointment.
  5. The volunteer will walk you through the packet to better understand its contents.

If you have concerns about being charged too much on a bill for your Medicare health coverage or with scams related to your coverage, volunteers can also help with that.

You don’t have to apply for this service. To get started, call:

Douglas County: (541) 492-2102

Josephine County: (541) 956-4472

While volunteers help you learn more about Medicare, they don’t tell you what programs to enroll in.But they can coach you on how to enroll. When you do enroll in a plan, you will need:

  • Your Medicare card,
  • Your Social Security card or number,
  • A photo ID (if in person),
  • A list of prescription drugs

You can start learning more about Medicare by going to:

The official Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance site for SHIBA Oregon.

The official U.S. government site for Medicare.