The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)/Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a statewide program that provides free and objective counseling and assistance to people with questions or problems regarding Medicare and other related health insurance.

SHIP/SMP answers questions about: Original Medicare; Advantage Plans; Prescription Drug Plans; Supplements; Medicare Fraud and Abuse; Medicare Covered Preventive Services; being under 65 and having Medicare; financial assistance with Medicare premiums; deductibles and copays and much more.

The program is in the process of recruiting new volunteers.

A volunteer training class will be held on Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10, at 101 Sam Watkins Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.  Potential volunteers must attend both sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The goal is to get volunteers trained to go out into their own communities into senior centers, assisted living facilities, churches, health fairs, etc. to make a real difference in people’s lives.

If you would like to attend the volunteer training classes please call to register: toll-free at 1-877-801-0044 or 931-379-2927 or email With the exception of licensed insurance agents, anyone can be a SHIP volunteer. You do not have to attend alone, couples or groups of friends are welcome.

SHIP is funded through grant number 90SA0096-01 from the U.S. Administration on Community Living, Dept of Health & Human Services.

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