ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 5, 2016)— North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the Orange County Department on Aging invite Medicare beneficiaries to a SHIIP Town Hall Meeting to learn more about Medicare’s preventive benefits and cost savings programs. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that provides free unbiased Medicare counseling in all 100 counties of North Carolina.

The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for July 28 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Passmore Center in Hillsborough.  A Medicare 101 class will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public with lunch provided. Participants will have the opportunity to meet Goodwin and Orange County officials, and ask questions about Medicare and other insurance issues.

SHIIP has been serving Medicare beneficiaries in North Carolina for 30 years and trains volunteer counselors across the state to provide assistance to the Medicare beneficiaries in their home counties. The Passmore Center serves as one of two SHIIP counseling sites for Orange County. Under the direction of Beverly Shuford and Jeanne Chamberlin, Orange County has 22 trained SHIIP volunteer counselors ready to help their neighbors with their Medicare needs.  

There is no charge to attend. However, participants must register by July 21 to reserve lunch.

The Passmore Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough, NC.

For more information, and to register for the July 28 SHIIP Town Hall Meeting and/or the Medicare 101 class, please contact Marcia Kelly at or 855-408-1212; or locally contact the Passmore Center at 919-245-2015.