Released: June 1, 2005
The director of the Louisiana Department of Insurance Senior Health Insurance Information
Program (SHIIP) has been elected by his peers to serve as one of eight members of
the national State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) steering committee.
Alan Heumann will be the SHIP Steering Committee member for U.S. Health and Human
Services Regions VI and VIII, representing the following states: Arkansas, Colorado,
Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah
The SHIP Steering Committee represents the interests of all state insurance department
senior health programs at the national level and with all appropriate national organizations
including: the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the CMS Regional
Offices, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National
Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA).
Commissioner of Insurance Robert Wooley says Heumanns election comes as no
surprise to him. Alan has been one of the most active senior health directors
in the country. I am pleased to see that he is being rewarded by his colleagues
for a job well done, Wooley says.
The purpose of the Louisiana Department of Insurance senior health program is to
recruit and train counselors statewide to assist senior citizens and Medicare beneficiaries
on a variety of issues like long-term care insurance, Medicare and Medicare Supplement
(Medigap) and other types of health insurance.
Currently, the biggest task for all senior health programs nationwide is explaining
the new Medicare Prescription Drug benefit and the availability of extra help to
people with Medicare below certain income and resource levels, adds Heumann.