APPRISE is a health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specifically trained volunteers or agency staff who can answer questions about Medicare and provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. Apprise counselors also are located at the GECAC operated Senior Citizen Centers.

Participation Requirements:

Provide appropriate information related to insurance problems.


Pennsylvania Health Law Project is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. To visit their website go to .

Low-Income Subsidy Fact Sheet Low-Income Subsidy Fact Sheet (41 KB)

Medicare Savings Programs Fact Sheet Medicare Savings Programs Fact Sheet (43 KB)

Volunteer APPRISE Counselors

The GECAC Erie County APPRISE Program utilizes volunteers in various roles.  Volunteers are able to become trained Counselors or assist with education and outreaching to the community.  Training is provided. Hours are designed to be flexible to meet your schedule.  The experience is both educational and rewarding.  APPRISE Volunteers learn to become trusted resources of information and assistance. APPRISE volunteers can make a big impact on Medicare recipients by helping them to save money, make informed decisions about their health care, and help them to better understand issues that are complicated to them. 

For more information, please call 814-459-4581, Ext. 519
For more detailed information about the PA Department of Aging APPRISE Program: