Hawaii SHIP is federally funded and administered by the Hawaii State Department of Health to serve Medicare beneficiaries, their families, caregivers, and soon-to-be retirees.

This program provides free health insurance information, education, counseling, and referral for people with Medicare. Volunteers are trained and certified to assist members and their families with questions about Medicare benefits including Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D – the prescription drug benefit, Medigap, and Medicare Savings Program.

History of Executive Office on Aging: State and Federal Origins

The State of Hawai‘i has a proud history of being a forerunner in planning and developing programs and services that improve the lives of older adults.

Predating the passage of the federal Older Americans Act in 1965, Hawai‘i established a state agency to address basic concerns, such as adequate housing and meals, while planning for a comprehensive program that would include education, health care, recreation, financial security and employment.

Led by a grassroots group of concerned citizens, community leaders, and legislators, these visionaries laid the groundwork for an infrastructure that would meet and support the future needs of Hawaii’s kupuna.

They knew that Hawaii had a brief time to prepare for the inevitable aging tsunami which has since arrived at our shores.

Chapter 349, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, established the Executive Office on Aging (EOA) as:

the Single State Agency Responsible for Programs Affecting Senior Citizens of this State. As the lead advocate for Hawai‘i seniors, EOA is responsible for setting direction for long-term services and supports for older adults and their caregivers throughout the State.

Hawaii SHIP is federally funded and administered by the Hawaii State Department of Health to serve Medicare beneficiaries, their families, caregivers, and soon-to-be retirees.

This program provides free health insurance information, education, counseling, and referral for people with Medicare. Volunteers are trained and certified to assist members and their families with questions about Medicare benefits including Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D – the prescription drug benefit, Medigap, and Medicare Savings Program.

History of Executive Office on Aging: State and Federal Origins

The State of Hawai‘i has a proud history of being a forerunner in planning and developing programs and services that improve the lives of older adults.
Predating the passage of the federal Older Americans Act in 1965, Hawai‘i established a state agency to address basic concerns, such as adequate housing and meals, while planning for a comprehensive program that would include education, health care, recreation, financial security and employment.

Led by a grassroots group of concerned citizens, community leaders, and legislators, these visionaries laid the groundwork for an infrastructure that would meet and support the future needs of Hawaii’s kupuna.

They knew that Hawaii had a brief time to prepare for the inevitable aging tsunami which has since arrived at our shores.

Chapter 349, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, established the Executive Office on Aging (EOA) as:

the Single State Agency Responsible for Programs Affecting Senior Citizens of this State. As the lead advocate for Hawai‘i seniors, EOA is responsible for setting direction for long-term services and supports for older adults and their caregivers throughout the State.

Vision

Hawaii… the Best Place to Grow Older

Vision

Hawaii… the Best Place to Grow Older

Mission

Optimize the health, safety, and independence of Hawaii’s older persons. We support kupuna and their caregivers through advocacy, planning, development, and coordination of policies, programs, and services.

Core Values

Our Vision for our Kupuna:
Dignity & Respect, Health, Value, Quality of Life, Independence, Meaningful Opportunities, Freedom from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation.

Mission

Optimize the health, safety, and independence of Hawaii’s older persons. We support kupuna and their caregivers through advocacy, planning, development, and coordination of policies, programs, and services.

Core Values

Our Vision for our Kupuna:
Dignity & Respect, Health, Value, Quality of Life, Independence, Meaningful Opportunities, Freedom from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation.

Free, local, one-on-one medicare counseling

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90SAPG0005, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorships are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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