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River Valley AAA administers the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) which is a part of GeorgiaCares


This program helps people with Medicare understand their choices and enroll in a Medicare plan that meets their needs.  GeorgiaCares can help you understand Medicare and get the most out of your healthcare benefits. 


GeorgiaCares provides individual one-on-one counseling, community education and outreach regarding:


• Original Medicare • Medicare Supplement Insurance • Medicare Advantage Plans • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans • Medicare Appeals and Grievances • Healthcare Rights and Protections • Georgia Long-Term Care Partnership • Prescription Assistance • Healthcare Fraud Consumer Protection • Volunteer Opportunities


See schedule below to meet with a Medicare counselor in your county.         
Call 706-256-2917/2937 before your visit to confirm office hours. 
Chattahoochee Chattahoochee Family Connections Off 2nd Thursday, monthly 
211 McNaughton St, Cusseta, GA  10am - 12pm
Clay Clay Co. Senior Center/Enrichment Services 3rd Friday, monthly
202 Wilson St.,  Fort Gaines, GA  10am - 12pm
Crisp Reginald Barry Senior Center 3rd Monday, monthly
115 East 24th Ave, Cordele, GA  10am - 12pm
Dooly Dooly County Senior Center 3rd Thursday, monthly
991 East Pine Street, Vienna, GA  10am - 12pm
Harris Harris County Senior  Center 4th Tuesday, monthly
10245 GA Hwy 116 East, Hamilton, GA 9am - 11am
Macon Riverview Senior Center 4th Wednesday, monthly
50 Riverview Ln, Oglethorpe, GA   10am - 12pm
Marion Buena Vista Senior Center 2nd Tuesday, monthly
119 Baker St., Buena Vista, GA   10am - 12pm
Muscogee E.J. Knight Senior Center 4th Friday, monthly
1121 Ft. Benning Rd., Columbus GA  10am - 12pm
Quitman Quitman Cty Community Service Center 1st Monday, monthly
57 Kaigler Rd., Georgetown, GA  9am - 11am
Randolph Randolph County Senior Center 1st Tuesday, monthly
69  Mathew St., Cuthbert, GA  10am - 12pm
Schley Schley County Senior Center 3rd Monday, monthly
421 Wilson St., Ellaville, GA  10am - 12pm
Stewart Stewart County Senior Center 1st Thursday, monthly
2141 Broad St., Lumpkin, GA  10am - 12pm
Sumter Americus Senior Center 2nd Monday, monthly
717 N. Jackson St., Americus, GA  10am - 12pm
Talbot Talbot County Senior Center  3rd Tuesday, monthly
1127 Woodland Hwy., Talbotton, GA  10am - 12pm
Taylor Reynolds Senior Center 2nd Wednesday, monthly
25 W. William Wainwright St., Reynolds, GA 10am - 12pm
Webster Webster Co. Enrichment Services 1st Wednesday, monthly
40 Cemetery Rd., Preston, GA  10am - 12pm


For more information contact Cheryl Maddox, SMP Representative at 1-866-552-4464 (Option 4).


Link: http://www.mygeorgiacares.org/




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Fight Fraud by Guarding Your Medicare Number


Health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the health care system.  One way to protect against such fraud is to guard your Medicare number.  Fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves getting hold of people’s Medicare numbers, so treat your number as you would a credit card. 

Follow these important steps to protect yourself from fraud:


  • Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.  Medicare will NEVER contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information.


  • Tell your friends and neighbors to guard their Medicare number.


  • Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.


  • Review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are only being charged for actual services.


  • Be wary of salespeople who knock on your door or call you uninvited and try to sell you a product or service.


  • Don’t accept items received through the mail that you didn’t order.  You should refuse the delivery and/or return it to the sender.  Keep a record of the sender’s name and the date you returned the items.


  • Be suspicious of anyone who contacts you about Medicare plans unless you gave them permission.


  • There are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.”


  • Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.”


  • Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds “too good to be true” – especially if you need to hand over your Medicare number in order to receive these items or deals. Decline politely but firmly. 


  • By law, any promotional items you’re offered to enroll in a plan must be worth no more than $15, and these items can’t be given on the condition that you enroll in a plan.


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And if you’re looking to enroll in a Medicare plan: Call 1-800-MEDICARE to report suspected fraud.  Learn more about protecting yourself from health care fraud by visiting www.Medicare.gov/fraud or by contacting your local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP).  To find the SMP in your state, go to the SMP Locator at www.smpresource.org.


This information prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



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