Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)


The Senior Health Insurance Program (S.H.I.P.) is a free statewide health insurance counseling/education service for Medicare beneficiaries of all ages and their caregivers. S.H.I.P. is sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging. To read more about S.H.I.P. visit their website: https://www.illinois.gov/aging/ship/Pages/default.aspx


S.H.I.P. counselors are trained to educate consumers and answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicare Supplements. Senior Services Plus has two full-time S.H.I.P. counselors that can help individuals apply for programs that could potentially make Medicare more affordable such as Extra Help http://www.ssa.gov/medicare/prescriptionhelp/ and the Medicare Savings Program https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/. S.H.I.P. counselors also utilize Medicare’s website to help Medicare beneficiaries enroll in drug coverage www.medicare.gov . To schedule an appointment to meet with a S.H.I.P. counselor at our Alton facility, please call 618-465-3298 x112 or x115. To find a S.H.I.P. counselor in your area, please call  (800) 252-8966.