MHANJ Offers Free Medicare Benefits Counseling through “SHIP”

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has received a grant to provide free Medicare Benefits counseling. Our goal is to offer information and assistance to help assure that Medicare beneficiaries enroll in programs and receive entitlements to meet their needs. 

Our focus is to work with New Jersey adults who have mental health disabilities, others who are challenged in understanding benefits and those who have trouble managing the enrollment and claims processes on their own. 
 
This service is made possible through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. 
 
Counseling is free, objective and confidential and encompasses assistance with questions about Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Long-Term Care Insurance and Dual-Eligibility. Sessions are conducted by telephone so that travel is not necessary.       
  
Meet Our Team
 
SHIP pictureOur Medicare Benefits Counselors have been prepared for their role through a rigorous training program. They also have extensive experience working with those who have mental health challenges, as well as other special populations. 

Laverne Williams, CSW, (left), Coordinator of MHANJ’s Medicare Benefits
 
Our Medicare Benefits Counselors have been prepared for their role through a rigorous training program. They also have extensive experience working with those who have mental health challenges, as well as other special populations. 
 
Laverne Williams, CSW, (left), Coordinator of MHANJ’s Medicare Benefits Counseling Program, has facilitated hundreds of presentations and has provided intensive training and education. She has also served as Director of MHANJ’s faith-based initiatives. 
 
Claudia Beljean, JD, is an Information and Referral Specialist with MHANJ’s New Jersey Mental Health Cares HelpLine, New Jersey’s mental health and information referral service.
 
How to Access Counseling and Information NJMHC Phone
 
MHANJ’s one-on-one Medicare Counseling Service is delivered through a toll-free phone conference, eliminating the need for consumers to travel. The conference may be scheduled by calling the New Jersey Mental Health Cares HelpLine at 1-866-202-HELP (4357).
 
For more information about MHANJ’s Medicare Counseling Service, email shipinfo@mhanj.org.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Funding for Superstorm Sandy Recovery
Efforts through Generous Grants from:
American Red Cross Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.

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