SHINE

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What is SHINE | Fact SheetWhat is a SHINE Counselor | How can a SHINE counselor help me | Appointments | Events Common Questions | Publications and Data | News

 

 


What is SHINE?

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services administers the regional office for the Cape and Islands SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone).

  • Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE) provides free health insurance information, counseling, and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers.
  • SHINE is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with elder service agencies, Councils on Aging, and other public and private community-based organizations.
  • SHINE is a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and is partially funded by the Federal Administration for Community Living.  The Cape and Islands Regional SHINE program is also funded by Barnstable County.
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Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET: Cape and Islands Regional SHINE Program, June 2017

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What is a SHINE Counselor?

A SHINE Volunteer Counselor is trained and certified by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in the various options available to Medicare beneficiaries—including Medicare Parts A & B, Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medigap, Prescription Advantage , MassHealth, and other programs that help people with limited resources pay for health care costs.

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How can a SHINE counselor help me?

  • SHINE Counselors help Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers navigate the complex health insurance system.
  • A SHINE Counselor can explain Medicare options and how Medicare works in everyday language.
  • A SHINE Counselor can help you compare the costs and benefits of Medicare and other health insurance options and help you enroll in a health insurance program that best fits your needs.
  • A SHINE Counselor can help people with limited resources enroll in programs that help pay health insurance costs.
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How to Make an Appointment

SHINE appointments are free, confidential and available throughout the state at local Councils on Aging, senior centers, elder service agencies, hospitals and other community-based agencies.

Contact the Barnstable County Regional SHINE office:
SHINE@barnstablecounty.org
508-375-6762
508-362-5885 TTY

Contact the Massachusetts SHINE office:
SHINE@state.ma.us
1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) and option 3

Contact your local site:
SHINE Cape & Islands Brochure 2016

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Events

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Common Questions for a SHINE Counselor

  • · What does Medicare pay for?
  • · When should I enroll?
  • · How do I avoid a late enrollment penalty?
  • · Which parts of Medicare do I need?
  • · What is “Medigap” insurance?
  • · What is a Medicare HMO or Medicare Advantage plan?
  • · Is Medicare Advantage right for me?
  • · Which Part D plan will cover my drugs?
  • · Can I get help paying my Medicare costs?
  • · Do I qualify for MassHealth/Medicaid?
  • · Why did I receive a bill after seeing my doctor?
  • · How do I appeal a Medicare denial?
  • · Why wasn’t my drug paid for when I went to the pharmacy?
  • · Will Medicare pay for my nursing home stay?

SHINE Program Logo

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Publications and Data

Barnstable County Department of Human Services provides critical documents, resources, and related links relating to substance use. For a repository of synthesized local data in original in-house publications and reports, visit the SHINE Publications and Data web page.

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Latest News

 

Welcome to New Staff Member Tracey Benson

Welcome to the new Department of Human Services staff member, Tracey Benson. Tracey is the Cape and Islands Regional Program Manager for SHINE. (Sheila Curtis retired on September 29, 2017).  Tracey has extensive experience in managing the SHINE program and is quickly...

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Medicare 2017 Open Enrollment is just around the corner!

The Open Enrollment Period (October 15 - December 7, 2017) for Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) and Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) will be here before you know it and it is very important to re-evaluate your Medicare options for 2018 during this period.  Each year...

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