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Indiana Department of Insurance

Indiana Department of Insurance


Medicare and SHIP

What is SHIP?

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free and impartial counseling program provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance for Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana. We are part of a federal network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs located in every state. SHIP provides health insurance counseling for people with Medicare.  All of our services are free.

SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company or agency and does not sell insurance.  We are staffed by a crew of volunteer counselors who have completed intensive training to offer you objective assistance in complete confidence. Click the links below to see what SHIP can do for you.

If you do not live in Indiana, please click here to find your local Medicare contact information.

To contact a counselor at our central office call 1-800-452-4800.

Our TDD line for the hearing impaired, call 866-846-0139.



Contact SHIP
Contact us for our free services: Ask questions, request brochures and information packets, comment on our web site, or schedule a SHIP speaker--all for free.

SHIP Activities & Presentations
See what's happening in your area.

Your Medicare Questions Answered

Medicare Coverage
Answers to common questions about Medicare, including coverage, enrollment, eligibility, and claims.

Supplementing Medicare
A description of Medicare Supplement policies: how they can help you, and which companies sell them in Indiana.

Medicare Advantage
An introduction to Medicare Advantage health plans: a description of the plans, who is eligible, and what plans are available where you live.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage in 2015
Learn about the Medicare prescription drug coverage and the private companies offering plans in Indiana.

Long Term Care Insurance
Suggestions for those who need help with Long Term Care.

Help Paying for Medicare and Prescriptions

Extra Help 
Suggestions for those who need help paying for Medicare and medications.

For Our Volunteers and Future Volunteers

Becoming a SHIP Volunteer
Join a growing force of volunteers who are the key to SHIP's success. Do you have what it takes to help others in your community?

Volunteer Information
Learn more about what SHIP volunteers are doing. Resources and Links
A list of where our counselors are located. Also, phone numbers you should know and links to other informative web sites.

Free Brochures and Information

Find online brochures and information.

A Collection of Question & Answer Newspaper Columns on Topics Related to Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance, Prescription Coverage, and Low-Income Assistance