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Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP or SHIIP) is a federally-funded health advisory program that provides grants to all 50 states and some territories to provide health insurance counseling to Medicare recipients and their families.

The free program is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and your State Insurance Division. SHIP volunteers are trained and kept up to date by experts in the Insurance Division.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program Sites

Consumer Publications from Your State Insurance Division

Your State Insurance Division publishes a variety of free publications for consumers. You can read, download, or request them by mail.
State Insurance Department Web Sites

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS is the federal agency that administers the Medicare Program.
CMS Home Page
Benefits Checkup


BenefitsCheckUp is a free, online service from the National Council on the Aging that helps older Americans identify state and federal assistance programs that can help improve their quality of life.
This confidential service contains a simple, straightforward questionnaire that takes no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Within minutes, seniors can get a report detailing the many programs and services for which they may qualify.
Medicare Information
The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare. Compare available health plans in your area.
Medicare Home Page
Guide To Health Insurance For People With Medicare - Choosing a Medigap Policy
Medicare & You
Your Medicare handbook includes information on your Medicare benefits, your Medicare plan choices, Medicare plans available in your area, and where to call for help. Published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Federal Medicare Agency.
Medicare and You
Prescription Drug Sites of Interest

AZ and Me For 30 years, AstraZeneca has offered patient assistance programs side by side with our medicines.

Together Rx is a prescription savings program that provides savings to eligible Medicare enrollees on more than 150 widely prescribed medicines-right at the pharmacy counter.

NeedyMeds is the place to learn about patient assistance programs and other programs designed to help those who can't afford their medicines.

Peoples Prescription Plan can save you money on prescriptions, eyeware and contact lenses, vitamins, hearing aids and more!

Eli Lilly: Applicants must be U.S. senior citizens who are disabled or enrolled in the Medicare program, with annual income of $18,000 (individual) or $24,000 (couple), who have no other prescription coverage.
Call 1-877-RXLILLY (1-877-795-4559) or visit Lilly Answers for more information.

Pfizer: Applicants must be U.S. residents 65 years of age or older with annual income of $18,000 (individual) or $24,000 (couple) who have no other prescription coverage. For more information, call 1-800-717-6005 or visit Pfizer for Living

Everyone's Rx is a service for people that provides medications to US Residents that make less than $16,000 for a single person or $25,000 per household.

Novartis CareSource is an extensive guide to online resources for information on Medicare, disease and healthy living, featuring expert-driven content from leading institutions and online resources including

Visit, a new interactive Web site created by PhRMA and 48 of its member companies that lets patients search for prescription drug assistance programs.

PharmacyChecker - Save money! Compare prescription drug prices across online pharmacies for 1,000+ medications. You'll also see shipping and other fees so you can compare total costs, along with ratings of each online pharmacy.

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