BELLINGHAM, Wash.,– As of Feb. 1, 2020, Opportunity Council is serving as the new Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) sponsor to help people in Whatcom County with their Medicare and health insurance options.

A public service offered by the Washington State Office of Insurance Commissioner, SHIBA volunteer advisors serve people of all ages. Over 400 trained volunteer advisors statewide provide free, impartial and confidential counseling and education to people in their local communities on Medicare, health care programs and prescription drug access, fraud and abuse, and more.

In addition to one-on-one consulting appointments, SHIBA volunteers engage with the community throughout the year by conducting Medicare 101 presentations, leading classes at Whatcom Community College, and offering Medicare resources at local health fairs and other events.

For 50 years, the Opportunity Council has helped underserved populations and connected them to resources. “Incorporating the SHIBA and Medicare program into Opportunity Council’s broad scope of services is a good fit,” said Greg Winter, Opportunity Council executive director.  “This enriches our organization’s capacity to meet our mission and serve the needs of the Whatcom community.”

To find out more about SHIBA or set up an appointment with a trained SHIBA volunteer, contact:

Phone: 360-788-2527


The SHIBA program is always looking to train new volunteer advisors. If you’re interested in helping others navigate Medicare, for more information contact:

Michael Mosin

Phone: 360-734-5121, ext. 342