KNOXVILLE – For many people, understanding Medicare and related health insurance can be confusing and overwhelming. Where do I start? What are my options? Am I making the right decision? What will it cost me? Is there help if I can’t afford my insurance? I’m still working – do I have to sign up for Medicare?

Trained Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers can help. SHIIP, a free health insurance counseling service in Iowa, is sponsored by the State of Iowa Insurance Division and locally by the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. SHIIP is currently seeking volunteers to join our team serving Marion County from our office located at 1008 West Bell Avenue in Knoxville, Iowa.

Over 360 trained volunteers assist thousands of Iowans each year to understand their Medicare benefits and options through individual counseling sessions, community education, special projects, and making connections in their communities.

Who makes a good SHIIP volunteer counselor? If you like new challenges, enjoy learning opportunities, gain satisfaction from helping people, possess basic computer skills and have some free time that you would like to donate to a very worthy cause, then SHIIP might be a great volunteer experience for you. SHIIP provides excellent training and resources to assure SHIIP counselors are prepared and have the tools they need for the counseling and community education.

For more information about becoming a SHIIP volunteer counselor at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, please call (641) 842-1488.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit