Two Wake county health volunteers honored

July 22, 2013 

— Two Wake County volunteers have been honored by the state insurance department for helping old people with medication through their work with SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program.

Theresa Trimble of Wake County was named Northeast Coordinator of the Year, and Larry Bradbury, also of Wake, was Northeast Volunteer of the Year.

SHIIP, a division of insurance department, offers “free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues,” according a news release. SHIIP has a small paid staff but counts on volunteer coordinators to work with about 1,000 trained volunteers to provide counseling in every North Carolina county.

“SHIIP would not be able to serve our state’s 1.5 million Medicare recipients without the help of our network of volunteers and coordinators,” Wayne Goodwin, insurance commissioner, said in a statement.

The awards were presented Wednesday at a training conference in Greensboro.

For more information or to get answers to Medicare questions, call 800-443-9354 or visit www.ncshiip.com. From staff reports

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