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Health Insurance

One of the most difficult decisons that face older persons and adults with disabilities is what type of health insurance plan to join. Questions about joining health insurance plans that offer the cost and coverage that they need can be a challenge.

Help is available. The Department of Elderly Affairs published the Rhode Island Guide to Buying Medicare Supplement Insurance and Medicare Advantage Plans.This guide explains the basics of Medicare and insurance plans that work with Medicare. For a free copy of this publication, call DEA at 401-462-3000. You can also request a copy by e-mail to LGrimaldi@dea.ri.gov

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteers and staff are also trained to help older adults and adults with disabilities understand their health care options.

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

The Rhode Island Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is part of a national partnership to help consumers make informed health care choices. SHIP volunteers provide one-to-one, unbiased counseling to seniors, adults with disabilities, families, and caregivers. The program is designed to help seniors and adults with disabilities understand health care cost  and coverage. SHIP counselors can discuss Medicare, Medicare Part D, supplemental insurance, Medicare  Advantage plans,  and other health insurance options. SHIP counselors assist beneficiaries in making the most appropriate choice for their health care needs.
For a complete listing of SHIP agencies, call 462-0510.

SHIP Agencies for 2014

Serving Ages 60 and Over
With Areas of Service

  • Tri-Town Community Action Agency (Region 1)

1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919

Telephone: 709-2635
 
Serving elders and adults with disabilities in the following communities: Burrillville, Glocester, Foster, Scituate, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Smithfield, Johnston, Cranston, Cumberland, Lincoln, North Providence

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  • Westbay Community Action Program (Region 2)

224 Buttonwoods Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886

Telephone: 732-4660

 Serving elders and adults with disabilities in the following communities: Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich

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  • South County Community Action, Inc. (Region 3)

1935 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879

Telephone: 789-3016

 Serving elders and adults with disabilities in the following communities: Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, Westerly, Charlestown, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, New Shoreham ( Block Island)

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  • Diocese of Providence, Office of Community Services and Catholic Charities (Region 4) in partnership with:

    • United Way of Rhode Island

    50 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909

    Telephone: 519-0360

and

  • St. Martin dePorres Senior Center

160 Cranston Street, Providence, RI 02907

Telephone: 274-6783

Serving elders and adults with disabilities in the following community: Providence

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  • East Bay Community Action Program (Region 5)

610 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914

Telephone: 435-7876

Serving elders and adults with disabilities in the following communities: Central Falls, Pawtucket, East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol

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  • Child & Family Services of Newport County (Region 6)

31 John Clark Road, Middletown, RI 02842

Telephone: 849-2300

 Serving elders and adults with disabilities in the following communities: Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Jamestown

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  •  Aging and Disability Resource Center for all of Rhode Island...


    The POINT

50 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909

Telephone: 462-4444