TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is announcing for the twentieth year its receipt of funding for the SHINE program, which assists Florida's Medicare beneficiaries to make informed choices about their health care options.
SHINE, Florida's State Health Insurance Assistance Program, is a state-based program that provides free and unbiased counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their representatives on a wide variety of Medicare and health insurance topics.
The SHINE program offers counseling and information through a network of over 400 dedicated volunteers.
A significant accomplishment of the SHINE program has been educating and providing guidance to many of the more than 3.4 million Florida Medicare beneficiaries through an almost entirely volunteer force.
SHINE will receive over $3 million as part of the nearly $46.5 million in Basic Program grants being distributed across the U.S.
With the 2012 funding, the Department's SHINE program will conduct targeted volunteer recruitment efforts to identify and train more Floridians willing to provide critical services to the increasing number of Medicare beneficiaries in the state.
The SHINE program offers a unique volunteer experience that engages individuals in their communities for several years.
This year, the SHINE program is increasing its focus on building a larger, better equipped volunteer corps.
In conjunction with Florida's Eighth Annual Volunteer Month, the SHINE program will kick-off its efforts to recruit more volunteers statewide to assist the growing number of Medicare eligible residents.