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?

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 volunteerclick 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.

2022 Medicare Checkup

Friday, Oct 15, 2022 – Tuesday, December 7, 2022

Etowah County

Etowah Council on Aging
623 Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35901
Contact: Jenifer Grace

Coosa, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties

AIDB Senior Service Office
205 South Street E
Talladega, AL 35160
Contact: Deborah Jones

Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, and Randolph Counties

Contact: 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463) to speak with your local Aging and Disability Resource Center
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