Senior Health Insurance Program

The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) answers questions and provides counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance concerns. The counselors offer free and unbiased counseling on Medicare health-care services.

Who We Serve

The SHIP Program serves Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers and low-income individuals who may qualify for assistance programs. The mission of SHIP is to educate, advocate and empower beneficiaries to make informed healthcare decisions.

Key Features

Whether you are turning 65 or received Social Security Disability Benefits and are under the age of 65, understanding Medicare may be difficult. The SHIP Program is here to assist beneficiaries with their questions.

Location(s) of the Program

Hours of Operation

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

How to Enroll

Make an appointment with a SHIP counselor at your local senior center or visit www.medicare.gov to review your options.

Helpful Resources

The State of Rhode Island Department of Human Services Division of Elderly Affairs offers a Rhode Island guide to services for seniors and adults with disabilities called the Pocket Manual. View/download a copy from the Division of Elderly Affairs’ website.   2017 Pocket Manual

How You Can Volunteer

As a SHIP volunteer you will receive comprehensive training; help Medicare eligible individuals understand health insurance options; provide individual, confidential and unbiased assistance; promote community awareness about SHIP; and educate seniors about health insurance coverage, rights and responsibilities.

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