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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Below is a list of announcements, points of interest and other information. Each entry is posted in date order with the most recent date at the top. If you would like further information on the subject please email us at SeniorConnection.

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NEWS FROM SHINE FOR JULY 2017

Date Posted: 06-12-2017
Details:

WHEN CAN YOU ENROLL IN A MEDIGAP PLAN?

Medigap plans are health insurance plans that provide extra protection beyond Medicare by filling in some of the “gaps” in Medicare coverage.  In Massachusetts, these plans allow continuous open enrollment.  You must have Medicare A and B to enroll, and cannot be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.   Anyone who is eligible may enroll or change plans or coverage levels at any time, with changes effective the first of the following month.  Note that Medigap policies do not cover prescription drugs, which are covered separately under Medicare Part D.

 In Massachusetts, seven insurers offer the same two Medigap plans, Core and Supplement 1.  The Core plan pays some of the co-pays for Medicare covered services, while the Supplement 1 covers all the deductibles and co-pays for these services.  This means that a Medigap policy will generally pay only when Medicare approves payment.  With a Medigap policy, you are free to choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare and you do not need referrals to see a specialist.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE TURNING 65 YOU SHOULD CONTACT SOCIAL SECURITY TO ENROLL IN MEDICARE.  MEDICARE ELIGIBILITY HAS NO CONNECTION TO YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.  ALSO COVERAGE FROM THE HEALTH CONNECTOR DOES NOT EXEMPT YOU FROM THIS REQUIREMENT TO ENROLL IN MEDICARE, AS YOU WILL LOSE YOUR HEALTH CONNECTOR SUBSIDY WHEN YOU TURN 65. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR SHINE REGIONAL OFFICE AT 1-800-243-4636 OPTION #3.

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 (1-800-243-4636), 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 at www.shinema.org

 

“SHINE’S MEDICARE AND 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 do not see it on your local cable channel give, them call and ask about it.

CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE

You can visit us on the web at www.shinema.org. Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs. We also have a link to our very 



NEWS FROM SHINE FOR JUNE 2017

Date Posted: 05-11-2017
Details:

Staying Healthy with No Cost Medicare

Preventative Benefits


An important goal for Medicare is to help people stay healthy by encouraging prevention.  Medicare provides a number of preventive services.  These services are free whether you have traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, like an HMO.

Some of these services include:

  • Colorectal cancer screening (including colonoscopies)
  • Mammograms
  • Pap tests and pelvic exams
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Bone mass measurements
  • Cardiovascular screening
  •  Flu and pneumonia shots
  •  Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
  •  Depression screening
  •  Obesity screening and counseling

There are very specific rules which state when and how often Medicare will pay for the above services.  For a complete list of free preventive services, go to www.medicare.gov or see a SHINE counselor.

   

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 (1-800-243-4636), 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 at shinema.org

 

“SHINE’S MEDICARE AND 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

You can visit us on the web at www.shinema.org. Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs. We also have a link to our very informative cable TV program Medicare and More.



Donors Fiscal Year 2016

Date Posted: 12-12-2016
Details:
Community Support  
AAA Northeast Notre Dame Home Care Center
Commonwealth of MA Employees Sunnyside Ford
Deborah Fins Associates, PC The Aging Space, Inc.
Financial Consulting Group Inc. Wong Dynasty Restaurant
Israel Real Estate Worcester Airport Limousine Service
Miller-Boria Insurance Agency, Inc.  
Northeast Insurance Agency  
   
Individual Donors  
Mr. Ronald Abraham Ms. Marian McGovern
Mr. & Mrs. Chester Babinski Ms. Nancy Meehan
Mr. & Mrs. Christian Baehrecke Ms. Elena Nasitano
Ms. Martha Bigelow Mr. Peter Neumann
Ms. Donna-Jo Burns Ms. Marie Newcomb
Ms. Elizabeth Callahan Mr. & Mrs. Eugene O'Rourke
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Castriotta Ms. Una Rice
Ms. Carole Cordiner Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rice
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DeMarkey Ms. Carol Seager
Mr.& Mrs. Robert Dwyer Mr. Mark Watson
Ms. Theresa Eckstrom Ms. Rebecca Wild-Wesley
Mr. Alan Gootman  
Mr. Stephen Greenberg  
Mr. William Hardell  
Ms. Sona Hargrove  
Mr. Neil Isakson  
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lavin  
Mr. Bruce Leger   
Mr. Rocco Marino  
   
In Memory of: In-Kind Contributions
Al & Lillian Collier Ashdown Technologies, Inc
In Memory of Our Parents (Sonia Hargrove) Elder & Disability Law Advocates
Leonard & Sydell T. Israel Premiere Self Storage
Paul & Sue Leger TechSoup
Anna & Rocco Marino Microsoft
Gloria Abraham Mooradian  
Albert C. Nasitano  
Ellen Watson  
In Memory of Our Parents (Mr. & Mrs. Tom Wesley)  

 



Thank You Ashdown!

Date Posted: 10-17-2008
Details:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robert Dwyer

508-852-5539 
800-244-3032 

 


 

14 October, 2004
West Boylston, MA

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA) is pleased to announce that Ashdown Technologies, Inc. (www.AshdownTech.com), SeniorConnection.org web manager and host, has offered to temporarily underwrite an expanded Connection for Caregivers. This generous offer came as CMAA was prepared to downsize the website due to lack of funding. According to a statement from Ashdown,

"Ashdown Technologies, Inc. is a web design and hosting company that has been working closely with CMAA since 1998. The Connection for Caregivers website, including it’s interactive components, was developed with personnel from both organizations working hand-in-hand to offer a unique tool that met the needs of caregivers and the people they so courageously support.

Because of the effort and time invested in this project, we were very sad when we learned earlier this year that funding had run out for the site. Knowing the unique benefits of the site and not wanting to see it disappear, we began discussing how we could help. We quickly decided that offering our capabilities at no-charge was the right thing to do. To that end, as of September 1st, Ashdown Technologies began donating the necessary Internet services to keep the Connection for Caregivers website moving forward in its entirety. It is our great pleasure to be able to help CMAA and the community that they serve so well."

The Board and Staff of Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging would like to thank Ashdown Technologies, Inc. for its generous support of this important effort to educate and assist caregivers of elders.

Your help, however, is still needed to keep the Connection for Caregivers going. For more information on how you can help, go to www.SeniorConnection.org, or call Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging at 508-852-5539V/TDD or 1-800-244-3032V/TDD.



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