Free Medicare counseling offered to seniors in Boca Raton

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BOCA RATON, FL – Elders, their caregivers and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn. The state’s SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) has opened a counseling site at The Volen Center located at 1515 W Palmetto Park Rd in Boca Raton. SHINE is a volunteer program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that empowers elders to make informed decisions about their health care coverage. Specially trained volunteer counselors provide information and assistance at counseling sites across Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee counties. As part of the many programs offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging, SHINE provides free unbiased guidance through educational materials and health insurance counseling. The new site at The Volen Center will allow the program to reach more community members who may benefit from the services that many residents are not currently aware of. SHINE, through a network of dedicated volunteer counselors, strives to help seniors understand and receive the health insurance coverage they need. Every day SHINE volunteers answer questions regarding topics such as Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, and more. To make an appointment for counseling at the new SHINE counseling site, or to receive other assistance by phone, call the Helpline toll-free at 1-866-684-5885. More information on SHINE is also available online at www.floridashine.org.