SHIBA provides FREE and UNBIASED Medicare advice to anyone receiving Medicare and/or Medicare + Medicaid. 

We want to help you find the very best program for you. 

Additional programs are available to help pay for costs.  Talk to us!

SHIBA – Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors

Serving Medicare Clients of Snohomish and Skagit Counties as well as Camano Island

For information call 425.290.1276 

Welcome to Medicare 


This presentation is by live interactive Zoom.. Registration is required. *Please register for the Welcome to Medicare presentation at least two hours before the presentation is scheduled to start. If you register later than two hours before the presentation, there may not be time for staff to send Medicare PDF documents to you that will be discussed by the presenter. You won’t get them until the next day.

Date: Wednesdays (on-going) 
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm 

Click Link HERE for available dates

Date: Thursdays (on-going) 
Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm
Click Link HERE for available dates

The Welcome to Medicare presentation will cover the following: 

Questions? Please send an email to Sue Shearer 

SHIBA – Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors

Serving Medicare Clients of Snohomish & East Skagit Counties

For information call 425.290.1276 

Advisors are available Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Call 425.290.1276 and leave a message for a call back to schedule either a phone, in-person, or Zoom appointment. 

Insurance options for Medicare-eligible individuals 

  • Find affordable health insurance, prescription drugs, or health care for you and your family 
  • Learn about your rights and options 
  • Compare insurance plans and prices 
  • Understand government health programs 
  • Appeal a decision by your health plan 
  • Understand a bill from your doctor’s office 

SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) is a free, confidential and impartial counseling resource sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Volunteer advisors will help you understand your rights and options, and offer up-to-date information so that you can make an informed decision concerning your health insurance needs. 

SHIBA volunteers are highly trained to counsel Medicare-eligible residents of all ages regarding choices, options, and problems with private health insurance, affordable prescription drugs, and Medicare. 

Become a SHIBA volunteer

Help your friends, neighbors and family learn more about health insurance and public programs! Many volunteer opportunities available! SHIBA volunteers receive 30 hours of basic health insurance training, monthly updates and ongoing supervision and support by a staff member of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Please contact SHIBA Volunteer Coordinator Sue Shearer at 425.954.2522 or the SHIBA Helpline at 425.290.1276 for information.

Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage Plan:

Deceptive Marketing Practices and Medicare Health Plans:

This is a great resource for all of us to use to understand what preventative health benefits Medicare will pay for and how often.

Medicare Benefits

Your guide to Medicare preventive services.

SHIBA receives funding from the Snohomish County Department of Human Services