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What is HIICAP?

HIICAP, Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, is the New York State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). It receives federal funds from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to operate a statewide network of local programs. HIICAP educates the public about Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, EPIC, and other health insurance options and issues. The HIICAP counselors assist Medicare beneficiaries to access needed health care and to apply for programs such as the Medicare Savings Programs.

Today, health insurance is one of the greatest concerns for Americans of all ages. For Medicare beneficiaries in particular, health insurance can be very confusing. They must investigate, choose from, and make sense of a wide array of health insurance options.

Trained HIICAP counselors can:

  • Provide clear, accurate and unbiased free counseling and information.
  • Transform the maze of health insurance options into a logical step-by-step process.
  • Educate consumers to understand the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
  • Help clients to determine whether they qualify for state and federal programs that help pay for some of their premium costs.
  • Help Medicare beneficiaries find the most cost-effective health care coverage for their particular financial situation.
  • Review Long Term Care options including New York State Partnership policies as well as traditional Long Term Care Insurance.

If you are a Herkimer County resident and would like to schedule an appointment, call the local HIICAP office at 894-9917, or visit our office at Catholic Charities, 61 West Street, Ilion, New York. e-mail us

HIICAP Local Number: 315-894-9917
HIICAP Hotline Number: 1-800-701-0501


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HIICAP Program of Herkimer County | 61 West St. | Ilion, NY 13357 | 315-894-9917