Medicare Counseling

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Medicare can be complex, but our trained staff can simplify the process for you.

Medicare Counseling/SHIP provides one on one help by our staff to consider your options in Medicare. We can help you identify the plans that best meet your needs, from Medigap, Part D or Medicare Advantage. Our staff will also check if you qualify for programs that will reduce your costs with Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help. 

Objective review of your options in Medicare, Medigap, Part D or Medicare Advantage plans.

You may qualify for this program if you are:
Age 65 or older and eligible for Social Security OR

Have received disability benefits (SSDI) for at least two years OR

Have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or End Stage Renal Disease

Call Senior Programs to schedule an appointment with one of our certified SHIP Counselors.

Bozeman Office (406) 587-4489

Livingston Office 406-333-2537

Medicare Open Enrollment refers to the annual period from October 15 through December 7 when Medicare plan enrollees can reevaluate their coverage. Whether it is original Medicare with supplemental drug coverage, or Medicare Advantage, participants can make changes if they want to do so.

SHIP counselors provide assistance free of charge and free from sales pressure. SHIP counselors are not affiliated with insurance companies.


Bozeman Office
206 E Griffin Dr.
Bozeman, MT 59715

Livingston Office
121 S Second St
Livingston, MT 59047

Contact Information

Bozeman Senior Programs Manager/SHIP Counselor
p: (406) 587-4486

Livingston Senior Service Navigator/SHIP Counselor
p: 406-333-2537

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Brooke Poole

Public Sector

Since 2015, Brooke has been working with Allergan Aesthetics, Body Contouring. In 2018, Brooke began her role as Senior Manager of Training. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2011.

Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

Public Sector

Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.