SHINE / MA Health Insurance

What is SHINE?

The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is a state health insurance assistance program that provides free health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers.   The SHINE Program is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with elder service agencies, social service and community based agencies and Councils on Aging.
The program is partially funded by the federal agency Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
If you would like to volunteer for the SHINE Program, or are interested in recruiting a SHINE Counselor for your site, please contact your local regional SHINE Program Director at:   1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636).

The Beacon 2013

SHINE Documents 2013

Health Insurance Marketplaces

Six states who applied early to operate state-based Exchanges are being conditionally approved- meaning they are on track to meet all Exchange deadlines.   These early applicant, early approval states include:   Colorado -- Connecticut -- Massachusetts -- Maryland -- Oregon -- Washington
The Blueprint letters for the Region I state are here and posted online at

SHINE's Medicare 2013 Updates

The Beacon 2012

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