Volunteer with us! Advance Care Planning positions

WAHA is recruiting diverse volunteers for a community advance care planning project. Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love. Join a team of trained and certified volunteers to offer advance care planning services throughout Whatcom County through our End of Life Choices program! Volunteer Ambassadors and Facilitators are professionally trained to guide …

WAHA is looking for new SHIBA volunteers!

SHIBA (Statewide health Insurance Benefits Advisors) is a statewide network of volunteers who educate, assist, and advocate for consumer about their rights and options regarding health insurance and health care access. SHIBA is administered through the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner. WAHA hosts the Whatcom SHIBA program. Our SHIBA program has a particular focus on Medicare and we work …

Avoid Medicare marketing scams during Medicare’s open enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is October 15 through December 7, annually. During this time, beneficiaries choose their Medicare coverage for the next year. It’s also a time when Medicare marketing scams occur! In order to know if you’ve been scammed or have encountered predatory sales practices, here is some helpful information about what insurance agents selling Medicare products can and cannot …

Top Scams Targeting Seniors

Identity theft can damage reputations and wipe out life savings in an instant. Seniors can be vulnerable because they believe in the goodness of people. Click here to read about some of the most common scams that attempt to defraud seniors. The Whatcom Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) helps seniors prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud. Click here to learn more …

Support Patient Centered Palliative Care!

Image courtesy of PeaceHealth 2016 Palliative care is a medical specialty devoted to relieving pain and providing physical, psychological and spiritual comfort to patients who have complex or challenging problems associated with serious illness. It is appropriate for patients of any age with any diagnosis, from cancer to heart, kidney or liver disease. Currently, palliative care is only offered in the hospital. …

4R’s for Fighting Medicare Fraud!

The 4R’s for Fighting Medicare Fraud By: Whatcom SHIBA volunteers Parker is a 78 year old Whatcom County resident. He ordered his Medicare diabetic supplies from a mail order diabetic supply company that overcharged him for a whole year before it was detected. He contacted the State Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) office in Bellingham, WA for advice and support. …

Navigating Health Insurance in Whatcom County

Are you confused about health insurance choices or how to best use your insurance? Do you want to learn how to make a good choice for your household? Presenters from the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) will give an overview of healthcare reform and its local effects, as well as how it may affect you and your family. They …

Free “Welcome to Medicare” Class Offered at Whatcom Community College

Join us for a FREE, unbiased “Welcome to Medicare” class! We’ll cover: • Medicare A, B, C and D • Help you understand your Medicare benefits and options • Help paying for Medicare if you qualify • Wellness benefits • How to avoid becoming a victim of Medicare fraud Location Whatcom Community College Date/Time/Address   1 FREE session Time: 5:30 …