The Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington now serves as the statewide health insurance benefits advisors (SHIBA) sponsor for Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties.
A news release stated the agency will replace the previous SHIBA sponsor, Lower Columbia Community Action Program.
SHIBA is composed of over 200 trained volunteers who provide free, impartial and confidential Medicare counseling as well as education on health plans, prescription drug access, fraud, abuse, and more, the release stated.
“At the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities, we believe every adult deserves to live with dignity,” said Executive Director Mike Reardon in the release. “We connect seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers to a full range of community resources designed to offer choice, improve quality of life and respect independence. From our Aging and Disability Resource Network, Family Caregiver Support Program, senior transportation services, and health and wellness programs, we are committed to helping our community’s adults live and age well.”
The Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities is located at 201 NE 73rd St. in Vancouver.
To keep clients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, SHIBA and the agency will counsel and assist people one-on-one online via Zoom or over the phone until further notice.
To reach the program directly, call 360-759-4676.
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