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NEWS FROM SHINE JUNE 2019

MASSACHUSETTS VETERANS ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES

 Chapter 115 of the Massachusetts General Laws entitles eligible Massachusetts veterans and their spouses, or in some cases widows / widowers, to reimbursement of medical expenses if they meet certain income and asset guidelines.

Income

Number in Family Maximum Monthly Income
1 $2081.00
2 (+) $2817.00

 Assets

Single $5,000.00
Married $9,800.00

This program is an entitlement in recognition of your service and not charity. You may reimbursed for your Medicare Premium and all your other health insurance expenses.  If you meet these guidelines, contact your local city or town Veteran’s Service Officer and tell them you would like to submit a Chapter 115 application for benefits.  The only requirement is the income guidelines above and a copy of the veterans discharge DD214 indicating active service. If you have, any questions regarding these benefits call our Regional Office at 508-422-9931.

 

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.

CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE

You can visit us on the web at www.shinema.org. Our site has recently added more valuable information and links to other agencies public benefit applications that can help pay for your costs if you qualify.

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

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