By Pegi Groundwater, San Juan County SHIBA Volunteer Coordinator
Inter Island Healthcare Foundation is the new Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors sponsor for San Juan County as of July 1. Inter Island replaces SHIBA sponsor Island Hospital.
SHIBA is a public service offered by the Washington State Office of Insurance Commissioner. Volunteers statewide provide free, impartial and confidential Medicare counseling and education to people in their communities about Medicare health plans, prescription drug access, programs to help pay for Medicare, fraud and abuse, and more. Read more about SHIBA.
Inter Island Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees Member Evan Perollaz approached the Foundation’s other board members several months ago with a proposal to sponsor SHIBA.
“The other board members enthusiastically agreed as they recognized the value SHIBA volunteers provide to supporting healthcare in the islands,” said Perollaz.