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Council on Aging Department

Posted on: November 3, 2021

A Message from SHINE re: Changes to Medicare Plans

Medicare Open Enrollment is Here!

Changes to Some Medicare Plans for 2022!


Medicare Advantage PlansAetna Explorer Premier Plan (PPO) plan and Harvard Pilgrim Stride plans in Massachusetts will be discontinued as of January 1, 2022

·        If enrollees in either of these plans take no action, they will be returned to Original Medicare and will therefore have no prescription drug coverage

·        Enrollees have a Special Enrollment Period through the end of February 2022 to select a new plan for 2022


Prescription Drug Plans: Wellcare and Express Scripts are discontinuing some of their stand-alone prescription drug plans and are moving enrollees into an alternate Wellcare plan for 2022. Premiums may be significantly higher in these new plans.


Medigap plans: These are continuously open for enrollment in Massachusetts.


Medicare beneficiaries should review changes to their plans and may select a different plan during Medicare Open Enrollment which ends 12/7. For information and assistance with enrolling in a Medicare Advantage, Medigap, or Prescription Drug plan, contact SHINE at 1-800-243-4636 or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at 1-800-633-4227.

The Council on Aging's SHINE Counsellor appointments are booked through November. You can call to be added to our waitlist in case of cancellations, call the Central Mass Regional office at 508-422-9931 to find other locations, or visit to register for a Medicare 101 zoom presentation. 

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