Library, CLAIM extend Medicare service

For six years, Ray County Library has helped residents seeking to understand Medicare. It’s come through a partnership with CLAIM, the official state health-insurance assistance program. CLAIM leads a network of volunteers and organizations dedicated to providing help with Medicare issues.

Ray County Library and CLAIM last week announced the extension of that service for three more years. The library will continue to provide a home for in-person meetings and access to equipment, such as a computer and telephone. Trained volunteers will continue working in Richmond to provide free assistance to Medicare beneficiaries.

“The Ray County Library is proud to continue this partnership with CLAIM in an effort to provide valuable services to our Ray County residents,” said Steve Meyer, director of the library.

CLAIM was founded in 1993 and has helped Missourians save millions in out-of-pocket expenses by helping beneficiaries understand their Medicare benefits and by providing enrollment assistance.

The nonprofit program receives financial assistance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal Medicare agency, and the Missouri Department of Insurance. Services are provided by Primaris, a Columbia-based health care consulting firm.

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