Senior Health Insurance Program (S.H.I.P.)

The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company.

SHIP counselors do not sell or solicit any type of insurance.

SHIP counselors are trained to:

  • Educate consumers and answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement, long term care insurance, Medicare HMOs, private fee-for-service and other health insurance;
  • Organize and assist in filing Medicare and Medicare Supplement claims; and
  • Analyze Medicare Supplement and long term care policies.

The Illinois Department on Aging also has a toll-free number for your convenience. Call 1-800-252-8966 for general information regarding SHIP.