The State Health Insurance Assistance Program/Senior Medicare Patrol is a statewide program that provides free and objective counseling and assistance to people with questions or problems regarding Medicare and other related health insurance.

SHIP is now recruiting new volunteers to help reach the people in its 13-county district.

Training is free and is being provided through online classes.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact SHIP at 1-877-801-0044.

With the exception of licensed insurance agents, anyone can be a SHIP volunteer, and they do not have to participate alone. Couples or groups of friends are welcome.

SHIP/SMP answers questions about original Medicare, advantage plans, prescription drug plans, supplements, Medicare fraud and abuse, Medicare-covered preventive services, being under 65 and having Medicare, financial assistance with Medicare premiums, deductibles and copays, and much more.

Contact SHIP at 1-877-801-0044, send an email to or send a fax to 931-379-2685.

Anyone is also welcome to call with Medicare questions.