SHINE Counseling

Health Insurance Assistance

The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) provides free health insurance information, counseling and assistance to all Massachusetts residents with Medicare.

  • Appointments with a SHINE counselor are available at the Senior Center once a month. Contact the Senior Center to setup a date and time. (The Senior Center is located in the Town Hall 2nd floor of the.)
  • Central Mass Shine Website

The Central Mass Region has recently launched its website. You can visit them on the Shine Website. Their site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs.

Does Medicare cover fitness programs

While Original Medicare does not cover gym memberships or fitness programs, some Medicare Advantage (HMO or PPO) plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plans do. Many offer a Fitness Benefit that can save you up to $150 per calendar year in qualified health club membership fees and exercise classes. Some plans offer the Silver Sneakers program. Fitness classes available at senior centers may also be eligible for reimbursement. Contact your plan to get information about what fitness benefits it offers.

"Shine's Medicare & More" Program

The Central MASS SHINE Program is now sponsoring a monthly Cable TV program called SHINE's MEDICARE AND MORE", we hope your local cable channel will pick it up. This program is designed to educate and update MEDICARE beneficiaries and their families on MEDICARE and other programs that can assist you with your health insurance needs. If you don't see it on your local cable channel give them call and ask about it.

Central Mass Shine Website

The Central Mass Region has recently launched its website. You can visit us on the Shine Website. Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs.

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. Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO 800-243-4636, then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back. You can now visit us on the internet Shine Website.

Please call the Senior Center with any questions.