Medicare Consults / SHINE

Medicare Consults

Joyce Janczak, SHINE representative, meets with seniors to assist them in better understanding Medicare. Registration is necessary. 

Please check our events calendar for specific dates and times. Sign up at the Info Desk to meet with a SHINE representative for a Medicare consultation.

SHINE Out Reach Programs

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a Free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco & Pinellas.

Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and Health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. 

SHINE services are free, unbiased, and confidential.

SHINE Counselors can be reached by calling 1-800-963-5337 or 727-217-8111.

SHINE does not sell anything is a Free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco & Pinellas as  an educational opportunity for you to learn more about Medicare and how to go about changing you plan.

Join us on one of our events listed below.  If you would like to meet with someone in person, please go to this link to find a counseling site. https://www.agingcarefl.org/medicare-and-health-insurance.html

September Events – Register in advance for these meetings:

Did you know you can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to start your retirement benefits? Knowing when to apply for Medicare is very important. You have a limited initial enrollment period to apply.  If you miss the initial enrollment period, you may have to pay a higher monthly premium.  If you’re eligible for Medicare at age 65, your initial enrollment period begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after that birthday. 

Many people find themselves uncertain about their Medicare options and the process for enrolling. The Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) Program is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is operated locally through the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report heath care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. To receive help from SHINE, individuals may schedule appointments at designated SHINE counseling sites, attend enrollment events in their local communities, or arrange to speak with a trained SHINE counselor at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). For a listing of SHINE counseling sites and enrollment events, please visit www.floridashine.org.

Here in Pinellas County, where many residents are age 60 or older, SHINE is a vital resource. Each year SHINE serves seniors, retirees, the disabled, and other Medicare beneficiaries by providing free, unbiased information and an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a trained Medicare counselor.

Did you know that there is a Special Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage Plans?

The annual Medicare Advantage OEP runs from January 1 – March 31 each year. This allows individuals enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan as of January 1 to make a one-time election to another MA plan or return to Original Medicare and a standalone Medicare Part D plan (PDP). This enrollment period does not allow for Part D changes for individuals enrolled in Original Medicare. 

To find out more about Medicare Special Enrollment periods and how to change your plan call SHINE at 727-217-8111.

Megan Morse

SHINE Program Assistant

Phone 727-570-9696 ext. 214

Phone 727-217-8111

Web agingcarefl.org 

megan.morse@aaapp.org