Local Medicare Help

Trusted, unbiased, one-on-one
counseling and assistance.


SHIPs help people navigate Medicare choices with unbiased state-specific guidance.

Looking for help? Find your local SHIP here:

SHIP Locator
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Medicare's Open Enrollment Period is Here

From 10/15 to 12/7 you can make changes to your 2020 coverage. You can drop or add a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan or return to Original Medicare.

Explore Your Options
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During Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period you can make changes to your Medicare coverage. SHIPs can help you find a new plan and understand your options.

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Resources for SHIPs

If you are a SHIP staff member or volunteer, training and technical assistance is available.

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Our Mission

The SHIP Mission is to empower, educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers through objective outreach, counseling, and training to make informed health insurance decisions that optimize access to care and benefits.

Success Stories

SHIPs and their highly trained volunteers help thousands navigate Medicare each year. Watch these stories to see how SHIP can help you or how you can help others.

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Eloise Dennis

Beneficiary Story


“It didn't take long to decide that I could certainly be having a benefit to change the carrier.…. and had it not been for the counselor, we would not been aware of that.”

Rachel McGoogan

Caregiver Story


Rachel McGoogan scheduled a Spanish speaking Medicare counselor so her parents could better understand their coverage options.

Tracey Stewart

Beneficiary Story

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"It’s going to save you money and it’s going to help you pick the right program for you.”