Our Medicare section of the Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities website offers links to official information provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)/Division of Insurance and the Social Security Administration. For additional information on these agencies you can visit their websites:
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).
The Social Security Administration determines Medicare eligibility. For additional information or to find out if you are eligible for Medicare, you can contact Social Security at 1 (800) 772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov.
The official government handbook, "Medicare & You 2013," includes sections on Medicare coverage choices, choosing a prescription plan, financial assistance, your Medicare rights, and more. This publication is updated annually.
Call 1 (800) Medicare ((800)-633-4227) to request a handbook be mailed to you or go to the Medicare website to view the downloadable PDF or click on the link provided below. There are publications available on many specific Medicare benefits on the Medicare website.
The official government handbook, "Medicare & You," includes sections on Medicare coverage choices, choosing a prescription plan, financial assistance, your Medicare rights, and more.
Medicare.gov is the official government website and is a user friendly and comprehensive informational resource for beneficiaries. On Medicare.gov you can find answers to Medicare questions, search Medicare plan options, create a personal and secure account and much more. The Website also includes a search engine to assist beneficiaries in choosing Part D prescription and Medicare Advantage Plans.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, is a Federal grant program that helps States enhance and support a network of local programs, staff, and volunteers. Through one-on-one personalized counseling, education, and outreach, this network of resources provides accurate and objective information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. This allows the recipients to better understand and utilize their Medicare benefits.
SHIPs help beneficiaries identify and understand programs and plans, including Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplemental Insurance policies, Medicare Savings Programs and Low Income Subsidy assistance, Long-Term Care insurance and financing, and other public and private health insurance coverage options. SHIPs can also assist eligible participants in enrolling in many of these programs and plans.
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, within the Colorado Division of Insurance has counselors working through regional organizations around the state to provide: individual counseling and assistance; public education presentations about Medicare, related health insurance, and Medicare fraud through the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP); and distribution of printed materials about these health insurances.
To find out more about how you can help protect yourself or a loved one from fraud or about the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), go to:
To find a SHIP counselor throughout the state of Colorado, please call the state-wide, toll-free number and you will be automatically routed to the SHIP office closest to your calling area: 1 (888) 696-7213
The SHIP office for the Pikes Peak region:
Senior Insurance Assistance
Pikes Peak Area Council or Governments/Area Agency on Aging
14 S. Chestnut St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Your SHIP office in the Pikes Peak region offers free monthly presentations for beneficiaries, and their families, who are becoming eligible for Medicare. See our Community Calendar for the Medicare 101 presentation schedule and details.