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Insurance program to hold open house

The Hawaii State Health Insurance Assistance Program will hold a virtual open house for potential volunteers and partners from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.

SHIP is a federally funded, volunteer-based program administered by the state Department of Health, Executive Office on Aging to provide Hawaii residents with information on Medicare. The open house is being hosted to recruit new partners and volunteers, and to raise public awareness about the services the program provides.

“We’re guiding kupuna and people with disabilities through the various health insurance plans so they can choose wisely,” Hawaii SHIP Director Wanda Anae-Onishi said in a news release Tuesday. “Sometimes what helps our kupuna most is simply showing them how to help themselves.”

At the virtual open house, volunteers will talk about what it’s like to be a SHIP volunteer and the impact they’ve made on beneficiaries, their loved ones, caregivers and soon-to-be retirees. Potential partners will learn about SHIP’s educational presentations and free counseling services that will help their clients, patients and staff.

To register, visit zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpce2rpz0oEtb7UydMDVcQQ3uEbyY8w_wL.

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