SHIP - Alabama State Health Insurance Assistance Program

What is Medicare?
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).

The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services:  Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Medical Insurance), Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans), and Part D (prescription drug coverage).

What is SHIP?
State Health Insurance Assistance Program Logo
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free & unbiased counseling program provided by the Alabama Department of Senior Services for Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama. We are part of a federal network of SHIP programs located in every state. SHIP provides health insurance counseling for people with Medicare.  All of our services are free.

SHIP Counselors are committed volunteers who will help you make informed choices for yourself regarding your insurance benefits. The counselors are not affiliated with any insurance company and will not attempt to sell you insurance.  All counseling records are strictly confidential. If you would like to learn about becoming a SHIP volunteer, click here.

SHIP Counselors are also available for presentations on a variety of health insurance topics.  For more information, call 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463 or email us at

How Do I Apply or Find More Information?
Complete the Client Intake Form and e-mail it or fax it to 256-237-6763, Attn: ADRC. Be sure to attach the Client Intake Form to the email. 

2021 Medicare Checkup 
Friday, Oct 15, 2021 - Sunday, December 7, 2021
2021 Medicare open enrollment flyer

Jenifer Grace
at (256) 492-0230
at the Etowah Council
on Aging
623 Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35901
Coosa, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties
Deborah Jones
at (256) 761-3575 at the AIDB Senior
Service Office
205 South Street E
Talladega, AL 35160
Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, and Randolph Counties
to speak with your local
Aging and Disability Resource Center


SHIP is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and
is administered by the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) 
and the Area Agencies on Aging.