Open Enrollment is now over. Thank you to all who contacted SHIBA for help.

SHIBA – Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors

Serving Medicare Clients of Snohomish & East Skagit Counties

For information call 425.290.1276 

Welcome to Medicare 


This presentation has moved to a remote platform using Zoom during the COVID-19 outbreak. 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: 6:00-8:00pm 
Click link for available dates

Date: Thursdays (on-going) 
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Click link 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 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our advisors are working by phone or by Zoom. 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 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.

SHIBA helps with Medicare, health choices from WA State Insurance Commissioner

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.

Your guide to Medicare preventive services.

Watch out for COVID-19 vaccine scams
As the country begins to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, there’s no doubt scammers are already scheming. Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, so there will be no cost to you. If anyone asks you to share your Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam. Here’s what to know: You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. You can’t pay to get early access to a vaccine. Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee. More Info If you come across a COVID-19 vaccine scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission or call us at 1-800-MEDICARE. And check out for trustworthy information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sincerely, The Medicare Team