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The 2020 Harold Barnes Volunteer Leader of the Year Award Winner

At the end of the Senior Connection Center Volunteer Recognition event, the Department of Elder Affairs was able to celebrate the contributions of our PSA 6 volunteers. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program announced Jim Tolbert as the award winner for the Harold Barnes Volunteer of the Year Award. Learn More

Virtual Medicare Classes Being Offered Starting Monday, October 25, 2021, please join us!

Visit our Facebook Page @Florida.ship for specific event details. Click on the photo below to open the PDF, once you open the document you can find a direct link to any class we are offering. Just locate the class of your choice!

Virtual Calendar
 
SHINE volunteers continue to serve you, contact us for any Medicare assistance you need!

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Who We Are

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and your local Area Agency on Aging. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. SHINE services are free, unbiased, and confidential.

Our Mission

The SHINE program supports the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ mission by providing free and unbiased health insurance counseling through a dedicated network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed health care choices.

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Need a Resource? Contact Us.
 

Find enrollment events in your area.


 

ALERT!


We're still open! Some of our outreach and counseling sites may still be closed. For a most recent listing, please click on the Counseling Sites and Community Events tabs at the top of the page. However, we are still providing our Virtual Medicare Classes! To access the schedule, click on the photo to the left, this will open a PDF of the schedule. Click on the registration link of your choice. 

 

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Make a Difference Volunteer for SHINE! 
 
The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program provides health insurance information and free, unbiased, and confidential counseling assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers. 

What is Volunteer for SHINE All About? 
 
As a SHINE volunteer, you serve your community by performing at least one of the following functions: 
* Provide Medicare and health insurance information, counseling, and assistance in person or over the phone 
* Deliver educational presentations or speeches 
* Distribute educational and promotional materials in your community 
* Provide training and leadership to other volunteers 
* Assist with general program support 

What Benefit Do I Receive Volunteering for SHINE? 
 
* Professional training from the Department of Elder Affairs and your local Aging and Disability Resource Center 
* Opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people, and gain knowledge about Medicare 
* Personal fulfillment from helping others 
* Pride from being part of an award-winning team 

How Do I Get Started? 
 
* Contact SHINE to complete a volunteer application at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) 
* Complete an online volunteer application at www.floridashine.org 
* Complete our comprehensive Online Orientation at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/SHINEVolunteerOrientation/story.html 
* Join other community members in completing SHINE Training 
* Agree to uphold the integrity of the SHINE Program 

 


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