Local Medicare Help

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


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

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Do you know your Medigap options? Know when and how to buy policies designed to fill the Original Medicare cost-sharing gaps.

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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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William Chao

Bilingual SHIP Volunteer

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"I feel like I’m respected by people, and the people know me and can ask for help. I feel my life - my value of life - get higher. I can find my role in society and help people."

Francine Dent

Beneficiary Story

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"If this service were not available, I think that I would have been in worse shape than I am now."

Jennie Anderson

Volunteer Story


“I get more out of doing this than what I did for a paycheck for 36 years.”