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SHIIP Counselor Available at Broadlawns

Des Moines, IA – September 26, 2012 – A popular, free program to help seniors understand Medicare is being made available at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines. SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, provides informational materials as well as one-to-one assistance with questions and problems related to Medicare benefits.

Beginning October 3, Billie Wade, who completed the extensive training program conducted by the State of Iowa Insurance Division, will be available at Broadlawns on Wednesdays to answer questions such as –

What does Medicare cover and what is difference between Part A and Part B?
Where can I go to find answers about the Medicare prescription drug plans?
What is a Medicare Advantage Plan?
I’m turning 65—who can help me fill out paperwork?
Are mammograms covered by Medicare Part B?

As a SHIIP volunteer, and with the support of Broadlawns, Billie is able to provide informed, impartial information and guidance – for free.

Contact information:
Billie Wade, SHIIP Volunteer
(515) 282-8120
Broadlawns, 1801 Hickman Rd., Des Moines
Room C138, Wednesdays Noon – 5 PM

SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, was created in 1990 in response to the statewide need for senior health insurance information.  SHIIP provides free informational materials as well as one-to-one assistance with questions and problems related to Medicare benefits, Medicare supplement insurance, Medicare and insurance claims and other related issues.  SHIIP does not recommend insurance companies, plans or agents; the volunteers answer questions and provide impartial information to help Iowans on Medicare make well-informed decisions. To learn more visit

About Broadlawns
Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County in 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals. Today Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:

An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs.
A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services.
A Family Medicine Residency Program that graduates physician leaders who today serve in 22 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

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