Mesa County RSVP


Mesa County RSVP counselors are both SHIP and SMP trained to provide you with expert Medicare guidance.


2021 Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period occurs each year from October 15 through December 7. During this time, you can make changes to your Medicare coverage. In most cases, this period is the only time you can pick a new Medicare Advantage or Part D plan. 

Even if you are happy with your current Medicare Advantage or Part D plan, you should check to see if there is another plan that offers you better health and/or drug coverage at a lower price.

Our volunteer SHIP counselors can help you review your options and pick a plan that meets your needs — all at no cost to you. They specialize in trusted, individualized and unbiased counseling.

SHIP Open Enrollment Walk-In Days:

Every Tuesday, October 26-December 7 in the RSVP offices, 9 AM-3 PM or when we reach capacity.

Updated: Tues., October 19, 2021

Walk-In Thursdays

From 9 am to noon every Thursday Medicare beneficiaries may come to our office with questions, billing issues, appeals, etc. without an appointment. Our counselors will be available to handle all of your Medicare needs.

Posted: Fri, August 13, 2021

Medicare 101 Presentations

Our SHIP program offers a monthly “Introduction to Medicare” seminar. Learn about if, when, how and what to enroll in Medicare from a trained and unbiased SHIP counselor. Registration required. Space limited. Call 970-243-9839 ext. 1.

November 3 and December 8, from 10 am to noon.

Updated: Tues, October 19, 2021

What is SHIP?

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Download Your Medicare Benefits, the 2021 guide published by CMS. (2 MB PDF document)

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (or SHIP) helps Medicare enrollees navigate the Medicare system and provides free, unbiased and individualized information. Mesa County RSVP’s SHIP volunteer counselors do not sell insurance plans and are not compensated in any way.

SHIP is funded by donations from individuals and local businesses, as well as various grants, including Colorado Division of Insurance (DORA) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

How Our SHIP counselors Help

  • Explain and help people enroll in Medicare parts A, B, C, and D, Medigap policies and supplements
  • Offer individual, confidential counseling and public education seminars about Medicare
  • Help people enroll in Medicare low income programs
  • Assist individuals new to Medicare or new to Colorado
  • Help research and resolve Medicare bills and other issues
  • Educate people about Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse
  • Help with appeals and fraud/error resolution
  • And more!

Key Points to Remember About SHIP

  • SHIP does not charge for its services
  • SHIP counselors are not compensated in any way for their counseling services, allowing them to provide you with completely unbiased advice that best helps you
  • SHIP helps you make informed choices about your Medicare
  • SHIP stays up-to-date and informed about the latest changes in Medicare

What is SMP?

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Senior Medicare Patrol
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse. Mesa County RSVP’s SHIP counselors are here to answer your questions. Advice is free, confidential and objective. Medicare is complicated. So how do you identify healthcare fraud, error and abuse?
  • Fraud is false information given to receive payments for services not provided.
  • Error is a mistake that may be corrected after a call to your medical provider or supplier.
  • Abuse is a healthcare provider or supplier recommendation for services or equipment not medically necessary.
If you feel that you’ve encountered fraud, error or abuse, contact our office to speak with one of our counselors by calling 970-243-9839 ext. 1 Learn more about Medical Identity Theft. (link:

Our SHIP Counselors

Who are SHIP counselors?

  • All counselors are volunteers, and are not paid or compensated in any way
  • They are all trained and certified through the State
  • They FOCUS EXCLUSIVELY on helping with Medicare-related issues
  • They DO NOT SELL any product or service
  • They DO NOT ENDORSE specific health plans
Mesa County RSVP SHIP counselors

Seminar & Event Schedules

Please call 970-243-9839 ext. 1 for more information.

Medicare 101

Introduction to Medicare. You’re invited to attend our live, in-person presentation in the RSVP offices, or you may view this information at your convenience by clicking the button below.

Medicare 102

Secondary Health Insurance and Drug Plans. This information is presented on our YouTube channel. Click below to view.

Medicare 201

Current Medicare changes. 
This information is presented on our YouTube channel. Click below to view.

Walk-In Thursdays

From 9 am to Noon

Annual Open Enrollment Walk-In Events

9 am to 3 pm
October 26 to December 7

Looking For Ways to Help?

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Mesa County RSVP every time you shop, at no additional cost to you. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Mesa County RSVP.

We routinely update our AmazonSmile page with needed office supplies and other equipment that help us do what we do.

Thank you for your support!

Donations gratefully accepted
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Your donations help RSVP strengthen our community by engaging volunteers ages 55 and over. Each volunteer placement provides community programs with essential support. Thank you for strengthening Mesa County! All donations to RSVP are tax-deductible.

In-Kind Donations

We accept in-kind donations. For more information about the types of items we accept, please email

Become a Sponsor

Our sponsoring partners are an important part of our success. To contact someone from our Fundraising Committee, please email