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NEWS FROM SHINE APRIL 2019

THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVELS HAVE INCREASED

As a result of increases to the Federal Poverty Level, Eligibility Guidelines for Public Benefits Programs in Massachusetts have changed.  MassHealth has increased the income limits for several programs you may be eligible for. The income to be eligible for MassHealth Standard has increased from $1,012 for a single person to $1,041, for a married couple it has gone up to from $1,372 to $1,410. For another popular program MassHealth Buy-in (this would pay your Medicare Part B Premium), the eligibility income has gone up from $1,366 to $1,406 for a single person, and from $1,852 to $1,903 for a couple.  These increases also apply to Full Extra Help a program from Social Security that helps pay for your medications. You can qualify for Partial Extra Help if your income is below $1,561 for a single person and $2,114 for a married couple. If you feel you may be eligible under these new income guidelines feel free to call the SHINE Program for more information.

 “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

We are happy to announce we have recently upgraded our SHINE website www.shinema.org, this upgrade is more user friendly and provides easier access and viewing to more digital devices such as cell phones and tablets.  It is a great source for Medicare, MassHealth and SHINE information and is available to consumers all over the state.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 also visit us at www.shinema.org.

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