What many people do not know is that Medicare has a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that has been available since the early 1990’s. I have seen different dates ranging from 1988 to 1992 so I say the early ’90’s.
Now, the Senate Appropriations Committee is eliminating the program for 2017 by cutting its entire budget.
What does SHIP offer? Each state has SHIP volunteer counselors who are trained and committed. SHIP counselors can help with:
- Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D)
- Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C)
- Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap)
- Medicare Part A & B
- Claims issues
- Special enrollment periods
- Low income subsidies
- Counseling when new to Medicare
- Counseling during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)
And the list goes on.
Did you know that over 7 million beneficiaries received help from SHIP counselors. Here in Florida we call the SHIP counselors SHINE counselors (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). The program in my area of Florida is very successful and I have been a SHINE Counselor for 2+ years now. We are trained and given a level 2 background check.
I am asking that you take a few moments and go to the National Council on Aging’s site and send a letter to your representative in Congress asking that the SHIP program not be eliminated as it is a very import program for Seniors. Here’s the link: http://cqrcengage.com/ncoa/app/onestep-write-a-letter?0&engagementId=219993
We have time to do this before the program is fully cut as it has to be approved by both House and Senate.
Don’t let our representatives, who get hefty retirement packages and life-long health insurance, eliminate this great program. Take action today!
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