State Health and Insurance Assistance Program

State Health and Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The Montana State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free health-benefits counseling and advocacy service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. Our mission is to educated, advocate FOR, counsel and empower people to make informed benefit decisions.

  • Objective, Independent plan comparisons and application for Part D
  • Advantage plan comparisons and enrollment
  • Supplemental Insurance guidance
  • New To Medicare information
  • Assistance with suspected Medicare fraud, waste and abuse (SMP)
  • Applying for Social Security Benefits? Please call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213
  • Applying for Medicare Part A and Part B? Please contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227

SHIP Counselors are trained in Medicare benefits and options and have no affiliation with any insurance company.  A SHIP Counselor has the ability to guide you in your healthcare choices and empower you to make the best decisions possible for your long term healthcare coverage.  If you are homebound, local SHIP Counselors will meet with you in your home to provide assistance.  The program is provided free of charge and is available by contacting Rebecca or Kati.

***SHIP Counselors DO NOT assist with Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap policies). You must contact a independent insurance agent if you need to add supplemental coverage. 

Senior Medicare Patrol is dedicated to fighting Medicare fraud, waste and abuse.  If you suspect you have been incorrectly charged or see a charge for something you did not receive, contact Rebecca for assistance.