Free assistance for senior health insurance issues

Beginning this month, a representative from Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisor (SHIBA) visits a number of Whitman County Library Branch locations assisting residents with all of their Medicare and insurance questions.

SHIBA volunteers provide information and counseling to individuals about health insurance and health care access. They focus on Medicare issues along with other health insurance related issues. SHIBA assists with complaints about insurance plans, Medicare and insurance fraud as well.

Marie Fowler from SHIBA will be in the St John Library the second Monday of each month from 11:00-12:00, the Endicott Library the second Tuesday from 1:00-2:00, the Oakesdale Library the second Wednesday from 11:00-12:00, the Lamont Town Hall the second Wednesday from 4:00-5:00, the Lacrosse Library the third Monday from 1:00-2:00, the Malden Library the third Wednesday of each month from 11:00-12:00, and Endicott -Dec 4 -1 to 3 pm.

Whitman County Library has partnered with Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and SHIBA to bring you this assistance free of charge. If these dates or locations donít work for you or you want to confirm schedules due to holidays or bad weather conditions, contact Marie Fowler at 509-368-1996 or Margaret or Kathy at the SHIBA HelpLine at 509-458-2509 for an appointment.

For more information, contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.