Logo: SHIBA, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Washington State

Whatcom SHIBA

Medicare Insurance Options Counseling

(360) 7882725


Don’t know where to start with Medicare?

You’ve come to the right place!

  • Review our FREE reference materials
  • Attend FREE educational SHIBA events (REGISTER below)
  • Request a FREE remote 1-on-1 counseling appointment with a trained SHIBA volunteer:

SHIBA Advisors can help you…

  • Understand the various aspects of Medicare such as benefits, enrollment, costs, plan differences, and more.
  • Evaluate, compare, and enroll in Medicare coverage options approved for Whatcom County by the WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC).
  • Screen and enroll in money-saving programs such as Extra Help, Medicare Savings Programs, and prescription assistance options.
  • Report fraud, complaints, grievances, and appeals to the OIC or your insurance company.
  • Connecting to adjacent services and assistance at other agencies and programs such as SSA, CMS, DSHS, HCA, VA, PEBB, WA HealthPlanFinder, Northwest Regional Council, etc.

Public SHIBA presentations and seminars are available to your group or organization. Please contact us with inquiries at (360) 788-2725.


Become a SHIBA volunteer

Help your friends, neighbors and family learn more about health insurance and public programs! 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.

To express interest or learn more, contact us at (360) 788-2725 or shiba@nulloppco.org.

About SHIBA:

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 SHIBA advisors are highly experienced in counseling Medicare-eligible residents of all ages and backgrounds, trained to help you understand your rights and options by offering up-to-date information so you can make informed decisions related to your health insurance needs.

Watch a recorded SHIBA Webinar:

Senior Scams &
Medicare Fraud

SHIBA / SMP Presentation

Local Assistance with
Non-Medicare Health Care Coverage Options:

Unity Care Northwest Community Health Center:
(360) 788-2669
EMAIL: enrollment@nullucnw.org
WEB: www.ucnw.org/insurance-resources-and-enrollment

Sea Mar Community Health Center:
Bellingham: (360) 671-3225
Everson: (360) 354-0766
EMAIL: seamaripa@nullseamarchc.org

Washington HealthPlanFinder:
1 (855) 923-4633
WEB: wahealthplanfinder.org

Medicare Reference Materials & Plan Info

Comparison Charts

Booklets, Brochures, Flyers

Upcoming Events

Event Name
(Click to read description & REGISTER)



Event Type

Medicare Fraud & COVID Scams
(See registration page for date options)

Second Wednesdays 3:00 – 3:45 PM ZOOM Webinar
Welcome to Medicare
(via Whatcom Community College)
Tuesday, 11/1 6:30 – 8:30 PM ZOOM Class
Welcome to Medicare
(via Whatcom Community College)
Monday, 12/5 6:30 – 8:30 PM ZOOM Class


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