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Council on Aging Department

Posted on: June 14, 2022

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Medicare Preventive Services

Did you know that Medicare Part B covers approximately two dozen preventive benefits, often at no or low cost to you? These benefits include services such as your flu and pneumonia shots, COVID shots, screenings for various health conditions (e.g., heart disease and certain types of cancer), and options to help you stop smoking.

Preventive care may help to keep you healthier by preventing illness or detecting medical conditions. For more information on covered preventive benefits, see Section 2 of the Medicare & You 2022 handbook at Medicare and You Handbook 2022 or call your local SHINE office with questions. Also, talk to your health care provider about how Medicare preventive services can help you.

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) funded through the federal agency, Administration for Community Living and administered through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.  Certified counselors are available to assist you with questions about Medicare. Our services are free and unbiased: we are available to discuss all options related to Medicare and additional coverage, and we do not sell any plans.

To make an appointment; call your local senior center, or in Central Mass call the Regional SHINE Office at 508-422-9931. If outside of Central Mass call 1-800-243-4636, press option 4.  A certified SHINE counselor will return your call. Counselors assist clients through in-person appointments, phone, video conferencing (such as Zoom or FaceTime), email, or postal mail. We also offer excellent resources online through our website at, our Medicare 101 webinars, and our Facebook page: SHINE Central MA.

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