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GeorgiaCares is Georgia's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). It is a private-public partnership, administered by the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services (DAS). Finding your way through the maze of Medicare insurance and prescription coverage can be very confusing, but GeorgiaCares can help.

Protect Report Detect (SMP) Senior Medicare Patrol
Each year, billions of dollars are lost to Medicare and Medicaid programs due to error, fraud, and abuse. SMP projects are dedicated to promoting consumer awareness, preventing elder victimization, and working to implement community partnerships to prevent Medicare and Medicaid fraud, error, and abuse.

Combating Medicare Fraud
Medicare is taking strong action to combat fraud and abuse of the system in key areas. The goal is to make sure Medicare only does business with physicians, providers and suppliers who provide the best service. Help prevent Medicare fraud by following the advice on

 GeorgiaCares Counseling Services Help Individuals:

  • Understand Medicare, Medicare Summary Notices, MediGap, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Fraud, and Long Term Care Insurance
  • Select a Medicare Part D prescription plan
  • Complete and file Medicare claims and appeals, prescription assistance applications, and report Medicare fraud

The program provides free, information and assistance to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and their caregivers. Topics include Medicare, Medicaid and related health insurance issues including Long-Term Care insurance, prescription drug assistance and Medicare fraud, error and abuse. The program is volunteer-based.
Partners include pharmaceutical companies, local pharmacies, physicians, hospitals, state universities and other agencies.

"Extra Help" Assistance Program Available to Help with Medicare Costs

Medicare Part D is a voluntary prescription drug program available to beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (medical insurance). With new changes in the law, it is easier than ever for Medicare Part D beneficiariesto save money on prescription drug costs.
For a simple guide to Medicare Part D Prescription coverage, visit the
My Medicare Matters website.
For more details about GeorgiaCares, visit or call 1-866-552-4464 / 1-866-55-AGING (Option 4).

Need Help with Medicare?
Are you in need of assistance with Medicare? Georgia Cares is available to provide assistance with applying for Medicare / Medicaid and with understanding Medicare premiums, prescription drug costs and other Medicare costs. Call 1-866-552-4464 / 1-866-55-AGING (Option 4).

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