Medicare Fair is virtual Wednesday

HONOLULU — Are you turning 65 soon?

Learn about signing up for Medicare from the comfort of home or office.

The Hawai‘i State Health Insurance Assistance Program is here to help navigate the complexities of Medicare and avoid late-enrollment penalties. Those becoming eligible for Medicare because of a disability are encouraged to participate.

During the pandemic, SHIP is providing local, trusted and unbiased Medicare help in safe and socially-distanced ways. SHIP is partnering with the SHIP National Technical Assistance Center on Wednesday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Welcome to Medicare Virtual Fair.

Participants may attend for any length of time. Visit for more details, to see the agenda and register.

There will be general sessions with expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, costs and coverage options. The general sessions will offer subtitles in English and a live transcript in Spanish.

The event will also feature state-specific virtual exhibits and the opportunity to chat with local staff about how the SHIP program can help with individual Medicare-enrollment questions. Join from a computer or mobile device anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hawai‘i SHIP is part of the national SHIP network, funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling.

SHIP experts will explain who is eligible for Medicare and when, how to sign up for Medicare, and what to do if you are still working when you are eligible for Medicare.

They will also discuss Medicare costs, especially the importance of avoiding late-enrollment penalties. Learn how to navigate Medicare-coverage options and how Medicare works with other insurances, such as employer insurance, Medigap supplemental insurance and retiree insurance.

Visit to register and see more event details.

To find out more about SHIPs, go to or

  1. LTEreader June 21, 2021 9:29 am Reply

    This would have been beneficial IF it was printed last week. ‘Sign up’ closed at midnight last night.

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