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					                                                                                                                February 2009
             SHIP Profile                                                                                      State of Rhode Island


  Rhode Island Senior Health Insurance Program
  (RISHIP)
                                                                                                                   Senior Health
  A Program of the Rhode Island Department of Aging, Funded by CMS                                              Insurance Program



         Table of Contents               What Is a SHIP?
                                         The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, is a Federal grant program
What Is a SHIP?                1
                                         that helps States enhance and support a network of local programs, staff, and volunteers.
Program At A Glance            1         Through one-on-one personalized counseling, education, and outreach, this network of
                                         resources provides accurate and objective information and assistance to Medicare benefi-
Biography of RISHIP            2
Director Ms. Maria N.
                                         ciaries and their families. This allows the recipients to better understand and utilize their
Sansiveri                                Medicare benefits.
Local RISHIP Programs          2         SHIPs help beneficiaries identify and understand programs and plans, including
                                         Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare supplemental
Special Populations            2
                                         insurance policies, Medicare Savings Programs, long-term care insurance and financing,
Served
                                         and other public and private health insurance coverage options. SHIPs also assist eligible
Partner Organizations          2         participants in enrolling in these programs and plans.


                                         PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
  RISHIP is a volunteer-
                                         SHIP Name:
  based organization, with               Rhode Island Senior Health
  approximately 114 volun-               Insurance Program (RISHIP)
  teers statewide. If you                SHIP Director:
  are interested in volun-               Ms. Maria N. Sansiveri
  teering, please contact                                                                     State SHIP Picture #1
                                         Program Phone Number:
  the POINT at                           401–462–3000 (Ask for
  401–462–4444.                          SHIP.)
                                         Program Address:
                                         Rhode Island Department of
                                         Elderly Affairs
                                         John O. Pastore Complex
                                         Hazard Building, 2nd Floor       SHIP volunteer Cathy Davis receives honors from the
                                                                          Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs’ Director,
                                         74 West Road                     Corinne Calise Russo, and the Rhode Island SHIP
                                         Cranston, RI 02920               Director, Maria N. Sansiveri, for her great work at last
                                         SHIP Web Address:                year's annual SHIP certification event.
                                         http://www.dea.ri.gov/insurance/
                                         State Hosting Agency/Location Within the Agency: The RISHIP is housed under the
                                         Department of Elderly Affairs within the Rhode Island Department of Aging.
                                         Approximate Number of Beneficiaries Served for Grant Year 2007
                                         (April 1, 2007–March 30, 2008): 39,442
 Profile information maintained by the   Number of Beneficiaries Served per 1,000 Beneficiaries in State for Grant Year 2007
 SHIP Resource Center
 Phone: 1–800–253–7154                   (April 1, 2007–March 30, 2008): 229.1
 E-mail: SHIPresourcecenter@air.org
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BIOGRAPHY OF RISHIP DIRECTOR MS. MARIA N. SANSIVERI
Ms. Sansiveri, SHIP director, has held her current position since January 2007. The RISHIP is housed at the Rhode
Island Department of Elderly Affairs. SHIP is a federally funded program that educates Rhode Island Medicare and Medi-
caid beneficiaries about their health insurance choices, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, long–term care insur-
ance, managed care, and prescription drug coverage. Besides the SHIP program, Mrs. Sansiveri manages the Senior
Medicare Patrol and the Health Promotion programs.

LOCAL RISHIP PROGRAMS
There are 28 regional agencies. Contact the State SHIP office for a complete list of local programs.

Special Populations Served

♦ 	 Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries
♦ 	 Low income
♦ 	 Minorities
♦ 	 Homeless
♦ 	 Duals with mental disabilities
                                                                          2007 SHIP certification event

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
♦   Child & Family Services of Newport                   ♦ 	 Rhode Island Department of Health
♦   Coventry Senior Center                               ♦ 	 Rhode Island Department of Human Services
♦   Cranston Department of Senior Services               ♦ 	 Rhode Island Department of Mental Health and
♦   DaVinci Senior Center                                    Retardation Hospital
♦   Diocese of Providence                                ♦ 	 Rhode Island Meals on Wheels
♦   East Bay Community Action Program                    ♦ 	 Salvatore Mancini Resource & Activity Center
♦   Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island                ♦ 	 Senior Services, Inc.
♦   Johnston Senior Center                               ♦ 	 South County Community Action
♦   Leon Mathieu Senior Center                           ♦ 	 St. Martin de Porres Senior Center
♦   Retired and Senior Volunteer Program                 ♦ 	 Tri-Town Community Action Program
♦   Rhode Island 2-1-1 Agency                            ♦ 	 West Bay Community Action Program
♦   Rhode Island Aging and Disability Resource Center—   ♦ 	 West Warwick Senior Center
    THE POINT                                            ♦ 	 Westerly Senior Center
♦   Rhode Island DEA information and referral unit       ♦ 	 Woonsocket Senior Center
♦   Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs SHIP
    Office




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