Every year between October 15 and December 7, Iowans on Medicare have the opportunity to choose the Medicare drug coverage they want for the next year and to decide if they want to get their Medicare health benefits from Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan. It is important that Iowans on Medicare use this time to check out the plans that will be available to them in 2022. The Part D and Medicare Advantage plans can change their coverage, premiums, co-payments, co-insurance, and provider networks every year.
The Senior Health Insurance Information and Senior Medicare Patrol (SHIIP-SMP) programs are services of the State of Iowa. SHIIP-SMP volunteers provide free, confidential, and unbiased one-to-one insurance counseling and assistance at no cost to Dubuque Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. SHIIP-SMP also provides community outreach on Medicare and how to guard against Medicare fraud.
UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital encourages Dubuque County consumers to connect with SHIIP-SMP services by calling (563) 589-2673 to make an appointment.