Dee Schmitz is a new Senior Health Insurance Information Program and Senior Medicare Patrol volunteer counselor at Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
Dee Schmitz is a new Senior Health Insurance Information Program and Senior Medicare Patrol volunteer counselor at Manning Regional Healthcare Center.

August 6, 2019

MANNING

Where can I go to find answers about Medicare prescription drug plans? What is a Medicare Advantage plan? My medications have gotten so expensive I just can’t afford to take them all; is there any help? I was contacted about providing my Medicare number for a free service; is this on the up and up?

Answers to these and other Medicare questions can be found by meeting with Dee Schmitz, a new Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) volunteer counselor at Manning Regional Healthcare Center. Schmitz will be at MRHC to meet with individuals from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon, beginning this week.

“We’re so excited to welcome Dee in her new role as a SHIIP volunteer,” said Amy McLaughlin, CPA, chief financial officer at MRHC. “She will be a great resource for individuals turning 65, those who are considering changing Medicare benefits, or for anyone simply wanting to learn more about their current benefits.”

SHIIP/SMP is a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa. Schmitz underwent considerable training to become a certified SHIIP/SMP volunteer counselor. In her role at MRHC, she will provide 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 education on how to guard against becoming a victim of Medicare fraud.

Schmitz said the volunteer position is a great fit for her due to her experience and something she considered for more than two years. She recently retired as the business office manager at Regency Park Nursing & Rehab Center in Carroll after 24 years.

“I thought it would be a fulfilling volunteer service in helping to inform, educate and assist consumers on Medicare and related health insurance issues,” Schmitz said. “I’m looking forward to helping people with some of the confusion they experience when first approaching Medicare.”

Schmitz will not recommend insurance companies, plans or agents. She will answer questions and provide impartial information to assist residents on Medicare to make informed decisions and to learn how to detect and report Medicare scams.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and working together to find solutions to their questions,” she said.

Schmitz, and her husband, Tom, are residents of Templeton. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Anyone interested in making an appointment with Schmitz can call MRHC at 712-655-2072.