About SHIP

SHIP is a free counseling service provided by the Illinois Department on Insurance.

SHIP does not sell or solicit insurance.

SHIP is not an insurance plan.

SHIP trains volunteer counselors throughout the State of Illinois to provide one-on-one help with your insurance.

SHIP counselors can answer questions about:

  • Medicare
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
    • HMOs
    • PPO’s
    • PFFs
  • Prescription Drug Coverage through Medicare and other sources
    • Extra Help from Social Security for prescription drug costs.
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Medicare Claims and Appeals
  • Medicare Beneficiary Rights and Guarantees