WV State Health Information Assistance Program

West Virginia SHIP

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About WV SHIP

West Virginia’s Medicare information, counseling, and assistance program began in 1992. It was part of a nationwide initiative resulting from the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 to establish Medicare counseling in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. For many years each program operated under a different name; in 2004, however, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (the funding agency) established SHIPs—State Health Insurance Assistance Programs—in order to make the country’s programs immediately recognizable and the names uniform.

On December 8, 2003, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA) became law. The MMA represents the most significant improvements to Medicare since the program was created in 1965.

Although most SHIPs across the country are manned by volunteers, WV SHIP’s 80+ professional counselors are paid employees of the Bureau of Senior Services, the Area Agencies on Aging via the Aging & Disability Resource Centers, or the county aging providers (senior centers).

What's New

  • Guide to Choosing a Medigap Policy is available.
  • 2013 Medicare Costs - This fact sheet provides the premiums and deductibles for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance). It also includes information about the income-related monthly adjustment amounts for Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage).
  • Nursing Home Compare website, rating nursing homes throughout the country, has been recently updated. 
  • Beginning January 1, 2011. there will be zero deductible and zero copay for many Medicare preventive services. Call 1-877-987-4463 to find out what services are covered. 

 

 

 

Mailing Address:

1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305

Location:

Town Center Mall, 3rd Level
Charleston, WV

Phone:

(304) 558-3317, (877) 987-4463

Fax:

(304) 558-0004

1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25305 • Town Center Mall, 3rd Level • Phone: (304) 558-3317, (877) 987-4463 • Fax: (304) 558-0004