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Medicare Counseling

State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselors

Helping seniors age 65 and older, as well as younger individuals who have Medicare due to disability, to understand their Medicare benefits and the insurances associated with Medicare. In addition, SHIP counselors assist Medicare beneficiaries to assess if they are eligible for financial programs which assist with the costs of Medicare and their prescriptions.

Trained SHIP volunteers provide free, unbiased, confidential, one-on-one counseling by phone (in-person during the Fall Part D Open Enrollment) to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. Topics typically discussed include the following:

  • Original Medicare 
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
  • Extra Help
  • Medigap Supplemental Plans (Medigaps)
  • Medicare Health Plans (Medicare Advantage Plans—HMOs and PPOs)
  • Medical Assistance
  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB)
  • Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB)
  • Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program
  • Other related issues

To speak with a counselor, please call 410-887-2059.

New to Medicare?

Find out more about Medicare, including a video that will assist you in learning about the program.

"Transitioning to Medicare" presentations are held on a monthly rotating basis at Baltimore County Libraries to educate new Medicare beneficiaries about their benefit. Please call the SHIP office at 410-887-2059 to RSVP for the presentations, which are held from 6 to 8 p.m.

In addition, presentations are offered on a variety of Medicare topics in the community. Call the SHIP office at 410-887-2059 to schedule a speaker.

Revised September 16, 2019         


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