The State Health Insurance Assistance Program is a free and unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance for Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana. 

Throughout the year, SHIP counselors assist those new to Medicare as well as those who've been on it for years. 

Assistance includes providing answers to common questions about Medicare, including: coverage, enrollment, eligibility and claims; explaining Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) policies and which companies sell them in Indiana; providing information on Medicare Advantage health plans and what plans are available where individuals live; and offering information about the Medicare prescription drug plans offered in Indiana and how to select the best one for individual needs.

SHIP counselors also help Medicare beneficiaries with determining eligibility for any of the financial assistance programs that are available to help with Medicare costs, including prescription drug plan premiums and drug co-pays, Medicare Part B premium, Medicare Part A & B deductibles and co-payments for doctor and hospital services.  

For more information, call (219) 464-1028 and leave a message. A SHIP volunteer will return the message as soon as it is convenient. 

You may also email the SHIP volunteer team at

Check out the Medicare fact sheet.