Will provide resources to assist Medicare counseling

Free insurance counseling for people on Medicare is now available at Beth Haven Retirement Community, 250 Pleasant Street in Hannibal.

Beth Haven Retirement Community has joined Missouri CLAIM, a state program for Missourians on Medicare. As a CLAIM community partner, Beth Haven Retirement Community will provide a home office for CLAIM’s trained, certified volunteer counselors. Volunteers will be located at Beth Haven to provide free Medicare insurance counseling and assistance to area Medicare beneficiaries.

“We’re excited about this new opportunity. By working with CLAIM, our community will have access to some of the best-trained Medicare experts out there to help people understand this program,” said Kerri Lauterbach, Service Coordinator.

“Beth Haven Retirement Community’s new partnership provides a ‘home base’ for volunteers in the area,” said Carol Beahan, director of the CLAIM program. “These locations increase local access to Medicare education and assistance. We’re proud to have Beth Haven Retirement Community join our team.”

CLAIM leads a network of volunteers and organizations in Missouri dedicated to providing help with Medicare issues. CLAIM provides free and confidential Medicare assistance through a network of more than 300 certified volunteers. These volunteers answer questions about Medicare benefits, options, and changes.

CLAIM receives financial assistance from the Administration for Community Living and the Missouri Department of Insurance. Services are provided by Primaris Foundation, a non-profit organization.

For free, unbiased Medicare assistance or to apply to become a volunteer, visit www.missouriclaim.org or call (800) 390-3330.