SUMMIT, NJ – Through December 7, SAGE Eldercare’s SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselors are available -- via telephone and Zoom presentations -- to discuss Medicare plans and options during Open Enrollment. Appointments are available Mondays at 2 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

SAGE Eldercare serves as the SHIP representative for Union County. Staff and volunteers are available for free, personalized, confidential and objective Medicare counseling regarding program options, claims, billing, appeals and information about programs for people with limited income and resources. The counselors receive ongoing training from the Division of Aging Services, New Jersey Department of Human Services.

To make an appointment with a SHIP counselor, for a telephone appointment or Zoom presentation, call 908-273-6999 or contact ship@sageeldercare.org. Those living outside Union County can visit medicare.gov/contacts or call 1‑800‑MEDICARE to get the phone numbers of SHIP representatives in other New Jersey counties or in other U.S. states.

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Since 1954, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities it serves amazing places to age. The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible. From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, and home health care, SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes.

SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties.  For more information, call 908-273.5550 or visit sageeldercare.org.