Local volunteer saved seniors millions of dollars

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ALLIANCE, Neb. It is Volunteer Appreciation Week and one volunteer has gone above and beyond for almost 15 years.

Jeanne Murray is a volunteer for the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program, also known as SHIIP.

Murray teaches seniors about how to enroll in Medicare, explains different parts of Medicare, informs on how to get supplemental information or plans and drug plan information.

Murray tells the seniors to bring a list of medications to look at drug plans during their meetings.

Murray also explains the seriousness of fraud and prevention.

“Fraud is fraud and there is so much of it out there,” said Jeanne Murray, Volunteer for Nebraska SHIIP. “They need to come to one of us SHIIP volunteers so that they get the facts.”

Murray started as an Extension Educator and this was one of her assignments back in 2004.

After she retired in 2015, she decided to keep helping people in Alliance.

Murray stays in Scottsbluff and tries to come to Alliance at least once a month.

Murray is also known as the ‘Medicare Lady’ because she helps so much.

Since 2004, Murray has helped over 10,000 seniors save over millions of dollars collectively.

Just in year 2018, Murray has saved seniors over $320,000, visited with over 980 seniors and enrolled 256.

Murray says her work means a lot to her.

“I don’t want them to be suckered in by the false advertising, the false claims, the people knocking on doors or on the phone,” explained Murray. “It is true information and it is valid information.”

Murray also says she loves to help people in any way that she can.

“It makes me feel good,” said Murray. “I enjoy my work and I enjoy doing it. I will keep doing it as long as I can.”

Nebraska SHIIP is always looking for volunteers. Contact your local office for details.