The Basics

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
March 29, 2010

Author

Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Summary

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), created by section 4360 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1990 and administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), supports grants to states and jurisdictions to provide information, counseling, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families on Medicare and other health insurance questions. This publication describes the program and presents its funding history.

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