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Additional SHIIP Counselors Available at Broadlawns

Des Moines, IA – August 2013 – A popular, free program to help seniors understand Medicare is expanding at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines with the addition of two more volunteers. 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.

Nora Nurre and Marianne Gideon, who both completed the extensive, six-day training program conducted by the State of Iowa Insurance Division, will be available at Broadlawns 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 SHIIP volunteers, and with the support of Broadlawns, the SHIIP team is able to provide informed, impartial information and guidance – for free – at the Broadlawns main hospital, 1801 Hickman Rd. Des Moines, Room C138.

Monday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00-10:30 AM and 1:00-5:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00-5:00 PM

To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call (515) 282-8120.    

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 is nationally recognized for providing access to high-quality, affordable, integrated health care services to the Des Moines community. Its Family Medicine Residency program trains tomorrow’s health care professionals. Throughout its near-90-year history, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of health care by implementing innovative technologies in balance with caring, patient-focused compassion. Today Broadlawns Medical Center consists of:

  • An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs
  • An 88-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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