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Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program Receives Grant to Help Medicare Recipients

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 15, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Emily B. Moses or Gwenda Bond,(502) 564-6786, ext. 4600 and 3325  

Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program Receives Grant to Help Medicare Recipients

Frankfort, Ky. (April 15, 2008) – Kentucky’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) has been awarded additional funding by the federal government to help Medicare beneficiaries in Kentucky get more information about health care choices.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it will give $702,460 to Kentucky’s SHIP program as part of the nearly $36 million being distributed to SHIPs during the most recent round of funding. Overall, CMS will provide more than $50 million to SHIPs across the United States in 2008.

CMS expects the SHIPs to use the increased 2008 funding to conduct targeted, community-based outreach to an increasing number of beneficiaries who may be unable to access other sources of information. 

“This round of funding will allow us to further SHIP’s mission, as well as that of the Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL),” said DAIL Commissioner Deborah Anderson. “We are committed to helping Kentucky’s Medicare recipients understand their health benefits and consumer rights.”

Kentucky SHIP provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their family members and caregivers. Local counselors provide this free service.
Kentucky SHIP:

  • Educates seniors on health insurance coverage, benefits and consumer rights.
  • Provides assistance and education on a one-on-one basis or through educational forums.
  • Protects consumers against fraud or misdirected collections.
  • Empowers consumers to make informed health insurance choices.

“We are excited to receive this funding and are looking forward to working with the Medicare beneficiaries in Kentucky,” said Tina Babbs, director of SHIP. “With this funding we will be able to reach people who qualify for – and desperately need – extra help.”

SHIPs will continue their outreach and assistance to current and newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers, as well as reaching out to beneficiaries with limited incomes who may be eligible for the extra help.

For more information about Kentucky SHIP, visit



Last Updated 4/15/2008