Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA) is a statewide network of trained volunteers that educate, assist, and serve as counselors for people with Medicare. Certified SHIBA volunteers help people with Medicare understand their rights and options in health insurance so that they can make informed choices. The program often saves the Medicare beneficiaries money through better understanding of their unique insurance needs.

Counselors assist with Medicare including New to Medicare, Part D drug coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans and other Medicare options. They also assist with billing issues and/or possible fraud and are knowledgeable on programs available to low-income seniors.

The Lane County SHIBA program is locally sponsored by Willamalane Park and Recreation District and offers free counseling to the Creswell community by appointment. SHIBA counselors are available in the Creswell Community Center (99 S. 1st Street) for three one-hour appointments on the first Tuesday of each month from 1-4pm.

Open enrollment with SHIBA begins in October and continues until the beginning of December. During this time, SHIBA counselors will be available in the Creswell Community Center every Tuesday.

Please call 541-736-4421 for more information or to schedule an appointment.