Free Medicare counseling offered to Medicare beneficiaries

Guidance is now available for Medicare beneficiaries at the Gulfport Public Library

GULFPORT – Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers, and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco & Pinellas County will be partnering with Gulfport Public Library to provide Medicare counseling through the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program.

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m., specially trained volunteers of the SHINE Program will begin offering a Medicare 101 presentations at Gulfport Public Library located at 5501 28th Ave. S, in Gulfport.

SHINE is a free program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that empowers elders to make informed decisions about their health care coverage. The volunteer counselors through the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco & Pinellas County provide free, unbiased information and counseling at sites across Pasco & Pinellas counties and will now also help elders at the new Gulfport location.

SHINE volunteers answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning, and more every day. The new Gulfport partner site will allow the program to reach more community members who may be unaware of SHINE and the benefits the program offers.

SHINE volunteer counselors can even assist eligible Medicare beneficiaries in finding programs that lower prescription drug costs or provide prescription drugs at no charge.

For more information, you may also call 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337), (727-217-8111) or visit us online at

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