The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services State Health
Insurance Assistance Program (WV SHIP) is expanding their services through the
development of a new initiative using statewide volunteer positions. WV SHIP was awarded a Performance Improvement and Innovation grant from the Administration for Community
Living. The grant is devoted to
establishing a sustainable statewide volunteer program.
WV SHIP provides assistance to seniors and persons with
disabilities to understand their Medicare benefits. As more West Virginians are becoming eligible
for Medicare, trained volunteers are necessary to increase the WV SHIP
a volunteer program will allow more seniors to be reached and help them make
educated Medicare decisions,” said Marcia Meeks, WV SHIP Director.
Volunteers can support WV SHIP by participating in any of
Volunteers will be provided a free one-day training to
deliver needed information to a wider audience.
They will also have the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new
people, gain Medicare knowledge, and receive recognition for strengthening
families and communities. No Medicare or
healthcare experience is required. WV
SHIP offers volunteers flexible scheduling with placement of positions
available throughout the state. All
volunteers must submit to a background check.
As part of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services,
WV SHIP receives funding from the Administration for Community Living and
training from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide
support regarding any questions or concerns a beneficiary may have with their