Thursday, March 6, 2014

OIC’s SHIBA can help consumers find health benefits

During National Consumer Protection Week, OIC is offering tips to help protect insurance consumers in Washington.

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner oversees Washington’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA). SHIBA offers free, unbiased and confidential assistance with Medicare and other health care choices.

SHIBA can help you:

  • Understand your health care coverage options and rights.
  • Determine your general eligibility for health care coverage programs.
  • Evaluate and compare health insurance plans.

In 2013, our 570 SHIBA volunteer advisors helped 54,000 people understand their health insurance. Advisors are available in communities throughout the state;.

For people who are about to turn or recently turned 65, we host Medicare events around the state. You can also find information about Medicare on our website. 

Are you interested in becoming a SHIBA volunteer? Find out more.