A State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is an insurance counseling service that is provided free of charge by the Administration on Community Living in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as well as state aging agencies to help assist Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. By discussing coverage, cost and convenience, the goal is to help consumers making informed decisions regarding their health care options.
SHIPs answer questions each year during open enrollment about a number of things including:
- Original Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance and Medicare Advantage
- Medicare Part D
- Long-term care financing options
- Other prescription coverage
- Low-income assistance
To locate your local SHIP, visit https://www.shiptacenter.org/.
For more information on SHIPs and what they can offer your patients, visit https://www.medicare.gov.