Volunteer Health Insurance Counselor Needed

Volunteer Health Insurance Counselor Needed

February 8, 2024 in News, Regional Medical Center, SHIIP

Medicare and related health insurance is confusing and overwhelming. It’s challenging to navigate the application process, to understand what the options are or what the implications might be for choosing one option over another. 

Many Iowans turn to trained volunteer counselors to help answer these and other questions about their Medicare healthcare insurance options. The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a free health insurance counseling service of the State of Iowa Insurance Division sponsored locally by Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Manchester.

RMC is lucky to have two amazing counselors, Vera Smith and Brenda Saunders, but are looking for someone to join their volunteer team. Vera Smith, RMC SHIIP Volunteer shares, “It is very fulfilling to help your fellow man understand the Medicare system. If there is a tiny spark of interest, please give this a chance. You will not regret it.”

Who makes a good counselor? If you are someone who enjoys tackling new challenges, likes learning new information, gains satisfaction from helping people, has good computer skills, can work with diverse populations and can be a trusted source of information…this may be a great fit for you! SHIIP provides excellent training and resources to ensure their volunteers are prepared and have the tools they need for counseling and community education. More information can be found at shiip.iowa.gov/get-involved.

Pictured: Vera Smith and Brenda Saunders, RMC SHIIP Volunteer Counselors 

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