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State Health Insurance Information Program

What is SHIP?
West Virginia SHIP is part of a national network of state health insurance assistance programs.  It is also part of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and receives financial assistance from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal Medicare agency.

What is the purpose of SHIP?
The purpose of SHIP is to service Medicare beneficiaries, who prefer or need information, counseling, and enrollment assistance beyond what beneficiaries are able to receive on their own through the other CMS information channels, including 1-800-MEDICARE and www.medicare.gov.

How can SHIP help you?
When you contact the SHIP office, we will link you with a local SHIP counselor, who can meet with you and help you with:
  • Medicaid Eligibility, Benefits and claim filing 
  • Medicare Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage) 
  • Long Term Care Insurance information 
  • Medicare Secondary Payor 
  • Other types of health insurance benefits 
  • Medigap insurance
  • Medicare Advantage Plan options and enrollment 
  • Medicare Cost Sharing Programs and other Dual Eligible enrollment 
  • Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, Waste and Abuse
Would you like help paying for your prescription drugs or your Medicare premiums?
If your monthly income is below $1,300 for an individual or $1750 for a married couple, and your assets are less than $11,990 for an individual or $23,970 for a married couple, you may qualify for extra assistance.
WV SHIP is an unbiased source of information for you; we do not sell insurance.

To locate a Region II SHIP counselor go to www.wvship.org
Regional SHIP Coordinator:             304-720-6863 ext#18
WV BOSS Medicare Call Center:     1-877-987-4463
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