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SHIBA is a program run by the State of Oregon's Department of Consumer and Business Services. A SHIBA counselor is available by appointment through the Ashland Senior Center. Please call 541.488.5342.
help Medicare beneficiaries make better supplemental health insurance choices
provide confidential, uniform, and objective health insurance assistance to Medicare beneficiaries
identify gaps in insurance laws and regulations, and communicate those problems to policy makers
support and recognize the efforts of volunteers
Why was SHIBA created?
Health insurance and the wide array of state and federal programs confuse some seniors. Many Oregon seniors have too much or inappropriate health insurance. Others don't get all their medical claims paid because they are overwhelmed by the paperwork. Many Medicare beneficiaries pay too much out of their own pockets and don't participate in programs that may help them.
SHIBA helps Oregon's seniors avoid these pitfalls and enjoy all the benefits to which they are entitled.
SHIBA is funded by the federal Health Care Financing Administration's Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance grant program.
SHIBA is part of the Insurance Division's Consumer Protection Section, which:
provides advocacy services for consumers
provides useful information to help consumers make the best possible decisions about their insurance coverage
What are SHIBA services?
SHIBA provides the following services through a statewide network of volunteers:
Through SHIBA , consumers have access to a range of information and materials through a toll-free hotline. SHIBA staff also conduct education seminars for groups interested in senior health insurance issues.
SHIBA volunteers provide one-on-one counseling at community sites or in homes. Volunteers help seniors decide if they are eligible for benefits they are not receiving, compare insurance policies, file claims, and make effective appeals and complaints.
SHIBA volunteers are trained to make referrals to federal, state, and county offices and to identify potential insurance violations.