State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Volunteers

A finger pointing to a green button with word, volunteer pinned on a shirtVolunteers are an important component of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which provides free, unbiased Medicare information and assistance to Wisconsin residents.

Local SHIP agencies often rely on volunteers for help, particularly during Medicare's Annual Election Period in the fall, when there is a high demand for Medicare information and assistance.

Depending on a volunteer's background and experience, they may be able to assist with simple clerical tasks or more complex duties such as counseling or outreach.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Wisconsin SHIP, contact your local aging office, aging and disability resource center, the Board on Aging and Long-Term Care or Disability Rights Wisconsin to inquire. You can also volunteer 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 inquire.

If you work in an agency that is interested in recruiting SHIP volunteers, consult the volunteer resources page of the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.

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

This project is funded, in whole or in part, by grant number 90SAPG0091-01-00 from the
U. S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D. C. 20201.

Last Revised: May 19, 2021