Senior Health Insurance Program

The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) assists individuals who are aging into or already enrolled in the Medicare system.  SHIP counselors provide individual, unbiased counseling to Medicare eligible beneficiaries to help them understand health care cost/coverage and to make the most appropriate choice for their health care needs.


People We Serve

SHIP serves Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, adults with disabilities, and low-income individuals who may qualify for assistance programs. Whether you are turning 65 or under the age of 65 and receive Social Security Disability Benefits, SHIP can help you make informed choices and answer your questions.

Key Features

The mission of SHIP is to educate, advocate and empower beneficiaries to make informed health care decisions. SHIP counselors can discuss and answer questions regarding:

  • Medicare Parts A, B, and D
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Other health insurance options

Locations of the Program

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

How to Enroll

Please call your local Senior Center or one of our partnering sites to schedule your appointment with a SHIP counselor.  Medicare options can also be reviewed at

How You Can Help

To become a volunteer SHIP counselor, call our Office of Volunteer Services at 401-435-7876, Ext. 1137. SHIP volunteers receive comprehensive training; help Medicare eligible beneficiaries understand health insurance options, rights, and responsibilities; and promote community awareness about SHIP.

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