Medicare Counseling

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Sites

The state health insurance assistance program (SHIP or SHIIP) is a federally funded health advisory program that provides grants to all 50 states and some territories to provide health insurance counseling to Medicare recipients and their families.

SHIP programs may have different names in different states (in Connecticut it's called "Choices"; in some states it's called Senior Health Insurance Assistance), but all do the same thing.

They provide free one-on-one telephone counseling and advice services, personal face-to-face counseling sessions, public education programs and media presentations. Most SHIP counselors are volunteers who have received extensive training and are well versed with all facets of the Medicare program (including Part D), Medicaid, health insurance benefits, fraud and abuse.

Select the state where you live below to find your state's SHIP.



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