Volunteer for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

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Medicare is overwhelming!

As a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) volunteer, you can make a difference in your community by helping people with Medicare understand their health care and save money.

SHIP gives free and unbiased information and assistance to people with Medicare and their caregivers.

You don't need a background in health insurance! SHIP provides all the training.

Volunteers give back to their communities in a variety of ways through the SHIP program:

  • Presenting Medicare information in the community (scripts provided).
  • Counseling people on their health care choices.
  • Entering data.
  • Preparing and/or distributing information and materials.

Advocates often rely on volunteers for help, particularly during Medicare's annual open enrollment period in the fall, when there is a high demand for Medicare information and assistance.

If you'd like to make a difference with the Wisconsin SHIP, consider volunteering with:

You can also volunteer remotely for the Senior Medicare Patrol to help prevent, detect, and report health care fraud and abuse. Call their toll-free helpline at 888-818-2611 to learn more.

Agencies seeking resources for volunteer recruitment and support should consult the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources' Volunteer Resources page.

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs - Local Help for People with Medicare

This project is funded, in whole or in part, by grant number 90SAPG0091 from the
U. S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D. C. 20201.

Last Revised: June 27, 2022