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Council on Aging Department

Posted on: May 20, 2021

News From SHINE for June 2021

Are you 65 or older, or eligible for Medicare because of disability? Are you losing your health care coverage from your employer?

If you delayed taking Medicare Part B because you were covered by an employer but may be losing coverage because of layoff or retirement, contact the SHINE Program.

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) can answer your questions.  You have a window of opportunity to sign up for Medicare Part B if you are losing employer-based coverage. SHINE counselors can explain the process and the forms that need to be submitted to Social Security. They can also review what your medical and prescription coverage options are beyond Medicare Part A and Part B.  

Call the Central Mass SHINE office at 508-422-9931 and leave a message.  One of our counselors will return your call.

Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) volunteers can help you!  They offer free, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare.  


You can visit us on the web at Our site has recently added more valuable information and links to other agencies public benefit applications that can help pay for your costs if you qualify.

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