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SHIP has a new office at AMH


ALTON — The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP), sponsored by Medicare and the Illinois Department of Aging, has a new office at Alton Memorial Hospital in room G-367 on the ground floor of the Hatch wing of the hospital.

Clients who have registered for an in-person meeting can park at the back of the hospital near the water canopy that says “Hatch Building”. Once inside the building, the Oasis/SHIP advice office is the first office on the left; the sign on the door says “OASIS/BJC Plus”. Visitors are required to wear masks which are available inside the Hatch Wing entrance.

The SHIP office provides free, confidential, and unbiased counseling to all Medicare beneficiaries. Guidance is available for Medicare-related questions, including:

• Medicare supplement plans

• Medicare Advantage Plans

• Medicare drug plans.

SHIP serves those close to Medicare eligibility and those who wish to review their coverage during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period from October 15 through December 7 of each year.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling BJC’s central scheduling department at 800-392-0936. Ask for health insurance advice at Alton Memorial Hospital. The direct office phone is 618-463-7182.