Areas of Expertise
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) was created as a mechanism for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to make grants to states to establish and maintain health insurance advisory services programs for Medicare beneficiaries. The National SHIP Resource Center, operated by AIR, strives to enhance the ability of CMS and the states to sustain and improve their health insurance counseling and education programs for Medicare beneficiaries. The Resource Center aims to foster improvements in SHIP performance by identifying best practices, offering training and technical assistance support, and ensuring that the most current and accurate information is disseminated to SHIPs to aid them in their beneficiary counseling and education programs.
AIR is supporting an effort to strengthen aspects of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), a federally funded, state-based program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. SHIPs are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).