- Written by Lorraine York-Edberg, Western Mass. Regional SHINE Program Director
- Published: 03 March 2017
SHINE Volunteer Spring Training 2017 begins April 26!
If you’re interested in healthcare and looking for a volunteer opportunity, consider signing up to become a SHINE Counselor with LifePath. With the 2017 Spring Training coming up in a few weeks, there’s no better time to get started.
SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone, is a program that provides free, confidential and unbiased health insurance counseling for all Medicare beneficiaries.
SHINE Counselors work one-on-one with individuals in their own communities providing information, counseling and assistance on Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Public Benefits, One Care Plans, and more. Those interested in becoming counselors should be comfortable working with a population consisting primarily of elders and persons with mental and physical disabilities.
SHINE Counselor Larry Bezio enjoys the volunteer work the program offers, adding that he finds “personal satisfaction to be able to help someone” and “good socialization” with other counselors.
Counselors benefit from ongoing monthly meetings, allowing them to stay up-to-date with new healthcare policies and programs, which “are always changing,” says Lorraine York-Edberg, Western Regional SHINE Program Director. This year’s training will address changes that have taken place in the past year.
The 2017 Spring Training is set to take place at LifePath from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a break for lunch, beginning on April 26, 2017. Participants will meet weekdays for 11 sessions. A graduation celebration will take place in June.
The SHINE program, Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone, provides free, confidential, and unbiased health insurance counseling for Medicare beneficiaries. To reach a trained and certified counselor in your area, contact the regional office at 1-800-498-4232 or 413-773-5555.