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(Denison, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital will host a free “Welcome to Medicare” seminar on Thursday, March 14, 2024. The seminar is led by volunteer Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors. It is being held in the CCMH Conference Room B at 100 Medical Parkway in Denison from 5:30 – 7:00PM.

Connie Riesselman, a SHIIP volunteer at CCMH, says, “Some decisions and actions about Medicare can take place 3-6 months before you turn 65. I encourage people not to wait until they are turning 65 to understand all there is to know about this important benefit.”

Learn More About Medicare

This one-hour educational seminar is helpful for residents who are approaching retirement age explore their health insurance options. It can also assist current Medicare recipients to better understand their coverages.  The “Welcome to Medicare” seminar covers Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.  Participants will learn what Medicare is and isn’t, how to avoid penalties for late enrollment in Medicare, and how to get the most out of your health and prescription benefit plans.

Deadline Approching For Registration

Participants are asked to register in advance by calling 712-265-2509.  Deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 11.

“We’re excited to offer this free seminar to the community,” says Dustin Durbin, Volunteer Services & Community Outreach Coordinator at CCMH.  “Medicare is such an important program and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”

About SHIIP: The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a service of the State of Iowa.  SHIIP services are free, confidential, and unbiased.  SHIIP counselors are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies or agents.  CCMH is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Crawford County. For more information about SHIIP, visit



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