Martinez Wants to Encourage Seniors to Consider
Senior Health Insurance Program

Chicago, IL- Though our state continues to face one the worst economic downfalls in decades, there are programs that can assist seniors coping with the rising costs of healthcare. The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is providing free individual insurance counseling services at sites around Illinois.

“This free health insurance counseling program will help seniors struggling with healthcare cost, learn about programs that can offset expenses, and sustain their standard of living,” Senator Iris Y. Martinez said.


The United States health care expenditures surpassed $2.3 trillion in 2008, more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980.  Also in 2008, U.S. health care spending was about $7,681 per resident and accounted for 16.2% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This spending rates among the highest of all industrialized countries.

“I urge seniors who are having a difficult time with healthcare costs to utilize this program,” Senator Martinez said. “SHIP will help seniors find reasonable ways to handle rising healthcare costs and ease the fiscal burdens that many may be experiencing.”

Seniors who participate in SHIP can find answers to questions regarding Medicare Supplement Insurance, HMOs, PPOs, PFFs, Prescription Drug Coverage, the Illinois Cares Rx prescription drug assistance program, and many other programs that assist with healthcare cost.

For more information about SHIP call 1-800-548-9034 or visit





 October 27, 2011 

  Larry Luster 217-782-1064



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