The Dutchess County Office for the Aging (OFA) has announced in-person classes for “Medicare 101” classes have resumed, for the first time since early 2020, following more than a year of virtual sessions. Additional offerings hosted by OFA are planned during the Medicare Open Enrollment season, October 15th until December 7th. Continue to the full news release >>>
Dutchess County's Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP) provides free, accurate and objective information, counseling, assistance and advocacy on Medicare, private health insurance, and related health coverage plans.
Our Office for the Aging staff and trained volunteer insurance counselors can assist you with Medicare benefit information and other topics including:
Call our HIICAP Hotline at 845-486-2566 to access all our HIICAP services. View or download the HIICAP printable brochure (.pdf)
HIICAP is a federally-funded program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through the New York State Office For The Aging. It is part of the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) network.
HIICAP volunteers are crucial to provide free, impartial information, problem resolution, and resource materials. Be part of this cost effective, professional program designed to empower consumers through education and information! Volunteers receive ongoing training to keep abreast of changes within the health insurance industry and from regulating agencies. Click here for a brochure describing our volunteering opportunities, including a form with which you can sign up. (Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all counseling is being handled remotely until further notice.)
The Dutchess County Office for the Aging periodically offers workshops for people interested in obtaining information on Medicare enrollment, Medicare Advantage Plans, benefits, supplement choices, EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) and other prescription options, Medicaid and the Medicare Savings Programs and long term care payment choices.
These workshops are designed for individuals who are newly eligible for Medicare, current Medicare beneficiaries, and those who want to learn more about the Medicare program.
Call 845-486-2555 or toll free 866-486-2555 to register for the next workshop or check our Calendar of Events for the next scheduled event. (Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, space at workshops will be limited by social-distancing requirements.)