Senior Health Care & Medicare Assistance (Colorado SHIP & SMP)
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (or SHIP) helps Medicare enrollees navigate the Medicare system and provides free, unbiased and individualized information. Housed within the Division of Insurance, Colorado SHIP has 17 local locations at partner agencies around the state. The Senior Medicare Patrol (or SMP) helps Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse.
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Senior Health Care & Medicare

Medicare & State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

         

Básico Webinaro: Materiales y conexiones en Español acerca de Medicare

El programa Colorado SHIP le peude asistir con preguntas acerca de Medicare - en Español, sin cargo 866-665-9668.

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This information only applies only to prescription drug plans that are authorized by Medicare to sell prescription drug insurance to Medicare beneficiaries. You can learn about the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit at www.medicare.gov, by calling your closest SHIP office 888-696-7213, or by calling Medicare at 800-633-4227.

Medicare Part D Colorado Options 2021 - Updated October 2020

Medicare Plan Finder Worksheet 2014 You can use this worksheet to collect all the personal information you need to find a Medicare health and/or drug plan that meets your needs. Once you complete this worksheet, you can talk with a SHIP counselor by calling 888-696-7213, call Medicare at 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227), or visit the medicare.gov website.

Medicare Part D plans are offered by private insurance companies and include plans with coverage for prescription drugs only and Medicare Advantage health plans that include both health coverage and prescription drug coverage. This publication gives information explaining Medicare Part D with a list of the stand-alone prescription drug plans and the Medicare Advantage plans that include drug coverage.  

Medicare Supplements are insurance policies that individuals can purchase to help cover copays, deductibles, and coinsurance costs associated with claims paid by Medicare. There are restrictions as to when the plans can be purchased, and when the benefits are available. Please review the Medigap Options document carefully to understand this insurance option. You can also listen and watch a brief webinar section about Supplements.

  • Your Medicare Matters. Protect It! (Printable publication) - A protective "Toolkit" with a list of questions you should ask before signing up for a Medicare Advantage Plan to make sure you know what you're getting. Includes information on the Medicare Advantage Plan options to the Original Medicare Plan, sales marketing potholes to avoid, and tips to help you be a savvy consumer.
  • Medicare Part D Colorado Options 2021 - Updated October 2020 - Medicare Part D plans are offered by private insurance companies and include plans with coverage for prescription drugs only and Medicare Health Plans that include both health coverage and prescription drug coverage. This publication gives information explaining Medicare Part D with a list of the stand-alone prescription drug plans and the Medicare Health Plans that include drug coverage.
  • Medicare Plan Finder Worksheet - You can use this worksheet to collect all the personal information you need to find a Medicare health and/or drug plan that meets your needs.  Once you complete this worksheet, you can talk with a SHIP counselor by calling 888-696-7213, call Medicare at 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227), or visit the www.medicare.gov website.
  • Help for Medicare Beneficiaries with Lower Incomes - Updated October 2020 - Information on help with premiums, copayments, and other costs.
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance: Medigap Options for Colorado Consumers - Updated September 2020

For additional publications, please check out the Federal Government Medicare website - Medicare.gov.

Publications have been produced by the Colorado Division of Insurance with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through grants from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Federal Medicare agency or from the federal Administration on Aging (AoA). 

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) & Fraud

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