You don’t have to navigate Medicare alone. If you are approaching age 65, or over 65, and thinking about retirement, you are invited to attend Welcome to Medicare, sponsored by West Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging / Senior Health Insurance Information Program.

This free workshop will provide you the basic Medicare information needed to make an informed decision about your coverage.

Welcome to Medicare will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 17 at North Platte Public Library, 120 W. Second in North Platte.

Medicare coverage is nearly universal for U.S. citizens who are 65 and older, yet 57% of baby boomers say they have a “poor understanding” or know “almost nothing” about Medicare.

Three-quarters of boomers do not know that most recipients pay Medicare premiums, copays, and deductibles.

Welcome to Medicare will be presented by Rhonda Godbey, a certified Medicare counselor from Nebraska SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program).

“This presentation is designed for consumers who want to learn more about Medicare in an easy-to-understand format without any sales pressure,” Godbey said. “With nearly 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, information about Medicare is in high demand. Even people who have had Medicare for years are anxious to get impartial information.”

Nebraska SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) is a federally-funded division of the Nebraska Department of Insurance. The program offers free, confidential and unbiased Medicare education and counseling to seniors and disabled Nebraskans.

Nebraska SHIIP does not sell or endorse any insurance company or products. For more information about Medicare, contact Nebraska SHIIP at (800) 234-7119 or go to www.doi.nebraska.gov/shiip.

For more information about the presentation at the library, call her at 535-8195 or 1-800-662-2961.