SHIIP Encourages Iowans to Review Medicare Supplement & Premium Comparison Guide

Written by Theresa Rose on March 5, 2015

(DES MOINES) March 5, 2015 –

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), a part of the Iowa Insurance Division, is encouraging Iowans to review the 2015 Iowa Medicare Supplement & Premium Comparison Guide and is offering free counseling from a SHIIP representative for any Iowans needing assistance in determining which benefits best fits their specific needs.

“The Iowa Medicare Supplement & Premium Comparison Guide has been one of the most helpful resources for first-time shoppers and people looking for a different policy,” Kris Gross of SHIIP said. “We are very pleased to continue offering Iowa consumers with specific price information to help them make more informed buying decisions. We also stand ready to help Iowans that may need one-to-one assistance to understand the differences between plans and how that may affect them.”

Iowans can review the 2015 Iowa Medicare Supplement & Premium Comparison Guide online at http://www.therightcalliowa.gov/Resources/2015_MedSuppGuide.pdf or call a SHIIP representative at 800-351-4664 to have a paper copy sent by postal mail.

Each year more than 10,000 copies of the guide are distributed to help Iowans as they review which benefits are best for their situation including:

· The benefits found in the ten standardized Medicare supplement plans

· The prices for the various Medicare supplement plans

· Which companies have automatic claims filing

· How each company uses age to set premiums

· Which companies sell plans without asking health questions

· Which companies sell plans to people under age 65 who have Medicare because of disability

SHIIP representatives are available free of charge to help answer questions for Iowans about Medicare supplement insurance. To meet with a trained SHIIP insurance counselor please call 800-351-4664 or visit SHIIP’s website at www.therightcalliowa.gov. SHIIP counselors do not sell insurance or promote specific insurance companies, policies or agents.

About the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) was created in 1990 by the Iowa Insurance Division. SHIIP advocates, informs, educates and assists consumers on Medicare and related health insurance issues so they can make informed decisions and access resources to address their needs. SHIIP services are free, objective and confidential. Iowans can contact SHIIP by calling 800-351-4664 or online at http://www.therightcalliowa.gov.

About the Iowa Insurance Division

The Iowa Insurance Division (IID) has general control, supervision and direction over all insurance and securities business transacted in the state, and enforces Iowa’s laws and regulations. The IID investigates consumer complaints and prosecutes companies, agents and brokers engaging in unfair trade practices. Consumers with insurance or securities-related questions or complaints may contact the IID toll free at 877-955-1212 or online at www.iid.iowa.gov