Counselor Check-In Survey

Counselors, we would like to hear from you! If you haven’t taken this short survey, please take a moment to let us know how you are doing with SHIP Counseling.

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Time for Reporting!

Sorry for the late notice! Today is the deadline to enter your Beneficiary Contacts for the month Of February, 2020. If you’ve participated in any events for SHIP or done any type of media for SHIP, please create a report for each of those as well. Don’t forget that we also now have the… Read More »Time for Reporting!

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SHIP Staff and Contractors, 2019

Cheryl's Corner

Dear SHIP Counselors

As we navigate this ever-changing situation with Coronavirus, we wanted to touch base with you. We will be emailing you on a more regular basis while this situation continues to affect SHIP and our clients throughout Indiana. Thank you for your patience. During this time, your Volunteer Supervisor will be your first point of contact.… Read More »Dear SHIP Counselors

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Lorealee's Corner

Lorealee’s Post Area

Check this area often for information from Lorealee Moore! From Volunteer Recognition, important SHIP information, Medicare information, and more!

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John's Corner

Timely Reminder

Here’s a timely reminder on an issue you may run across during the Part B GEP or MA OEP:Part A only beneficiaries who newly enroll in Part B during the 1/1-3/31 GEP have a 4/1-6/30 SEP to enroll in an Advantage plan that would start effective 7/1 when their Part B coverage starts. If affected… Read More »Timely Reminder

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Loss of Extra Help

Some Medicare/Medicaid and Medicare Savings Program  clients incorrectly lost deemed (automatic) Extra Help status on 12/31/19 even though their Part B premium buy-in and other benefits stayed in place in 1/1/2020. Active deemed Extra Help status will need to be restored to these clients on a case to case basis on FSSA and CMS records.… Read More »Loss of Extra Help

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Ben's Corner

Spring Update Training Announcement

Hello Counselors! I hope you are staying healthy and adjusting to an ever changing daily routine. As mentioned in yesterday’s email, all in-person Spring Update Training sessions are canceled. To allow us to continue our ongoing education efforts we have scheduled 5 WEBINAR training dates.   Please review the dates and let myself or Jessica… Read More »Spring Update Training Announcement

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Volunteer Supervisors' Corner

Susan's Corner

Susan’s Post Area

Want to hear the latest from Susan Spilly? Announcements about MIPPA? New Enrollment Center sites? You can find that and more in this area!

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Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program – SHIP

Government Organization

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

Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program - SHIP

If you’re just turning 65 and getting started with Medicare, learn more about Medicare and how it works. You can the information you need from a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. They can show you how Medicare works in your situation and help you find the best coverage for you. In Indiana, call SHIP at (800) 452-4800 or visit

Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program - SHIP

Learn more about Medicare coverage of Skilled Nursing Facilty (SNF) care. SNF care is post-hospital nursing or rehabilitation care provided at a SNF. Skilled nursing care includes services such as administration of medications, tube feedings, and wound care. Skilled rehabilitation services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Keep in mind that SNFs can be part of nursing homes or hospitals. In Indiana, call SHIP at (800) 452-4800 or visit

Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program - SHIP

The Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) is an amount you may pay in addition to your Part B and/or Part D premium if your income is above a certain level. Federal law sets income brackets that determine your (or your and your spouse’s) IRMAA. You can ask for a new IRMAA determination. If Social Security determines that you should pay an IRMAA, they will mail you a notice called an initial determination. This notice should include information on how to request a new initial determination. You can request that Social Security revisit its decision if you have experienced a life-changing event that caused an income decrease, or if you think the income information Social Security used to determine your IRMAA was incorrect or outdated. In Indiana, call SHIP at (800) 452-4800 or visit

Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program - SHIP

Older people are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 which may result in increased stress during a crisis. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY: 1-800-846-8517).

Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program - SHIP

If you aren’t getting benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) at least 4 months before you turn 65, you’ll need to sign up with Social Security to get Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). However, depending on the size of the employer, you may be able to delay Part A and Part B without having to pay a penalty if you enroll later. Check with a SHIP for Medicare eligibility, late enrollment penalties, or coverage questions. In Indiana, call SHIP at (800) 452-4800 or visit

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