State Health Insurance Assistance Program more commonly known as SHIP is a state program that gets funding from the federal government to provide free local health coverage counseling to people with Medicare.
Every state has a SHIP program, but it may be called a different name (In Florida, SHINE; In Ohio, OSHIIP).
SHIP provides free information to help consumers make decisions regarding their health care choices.
♦ SHIP helps answer questions about:
• Medicare Supplement Insurance
• Medicare Advantage (managed care programs)
• Medicare Part D
• Long term care financing options
• Prescription coverage
• Low-income assistance.
SHIIP also provides training to other agencies that serve people with Medicare.