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Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

The Department has developed a list of publications and other resources to assist you in making informed health insurance decisions.

  • SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company.
  • SHIP counselors do not sell or solicit any type of insurance.

SHIP counselors are trained to:

  • Educate consumers and answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement, long term care insurance, Medicare HMOs, private fee-for-service, and other health insurance
  • Organize and assist in filing Medicare and Medicare Supplement claims
  • Analyze Medicare Supplement and long term care policies


To locate your local SHIP volunteer organization please call (800) 252-8966.