Basic Training for New VICAP Counselors Begins

vpasheader0311A training covering the basics of Medicare is being offered at VPAS through the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) beginning August 20 for new staff and volunteers desiring to become Certified VICAP Counselors.  New volunteers are welcomed for this training.  The training will consist of 4 webinar sessions:  “Understanding Medicare” (Aug. 20); “Prescription Drug Coverage, Plan Finder, and Extra Help” (Aug. 21); “Medigap and Medicare Advantage” (Aug. 22); “Preventive Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Misc. Topics” (Aug. 23).  All sessions begin at 10:00am and run for 2 – 2.5 hours and will be led by VICAP Local Program Coordinator, Amy Adkins.   The webinars can be attended “live” on the days scheduled or viewed as recorded versions at a later time.

After completing this training, interested individuals may take the VICAP Certification Exam.  After passing the exam, newly certified Counselors can mentor with an experienced Counselor at VPAS and then begin assisting Medicare Beneficiaries with Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) choices.  As new volunteers become comfortable, assistance can expand to helping beneficiaries new to Medicare with choices such as Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Amy Adkins at 540-949-7141 or email for more information.

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