Medicare is federal health insurance provided to individuals who are 65 years or older, under age 65 with a disability or who have collected Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for two years. It is also available to individuals with end stage renal failure prior to age 65.
MassHealth & CommonHealth
The Medicaid program is Massachusetts is called MassHealth, and provides comprehensive health insurance - or help in paying for private health insurance - to more than one million Massachusetts children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
CommonHealth is MassHealth for people with disabilities who are working.
Applications: 888.665.9993; TTY: 888.665.9997
Eligibility: 800.841.2900; TTY: 800.497.4648.
MassHealth Enrollment Center (also known as the “MEC"): 888-665-9993
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership
MBHP manages mental health and substance abuse services for more than 400,000 MassHealth members across the Commonwealth.
Medicare Advocacy Project
The staff of the Medicare Advocacy Project (MAP) is available to answer telephone queries and to provide free advice and legal representation to clients. Depending on the nature of the inquiry, MAP staff may make a home visit or ask individuals to come into the MAP office for a full exploration of the issues involved in a person's case.
Allows you to explore coverage and pricing options by state.
Shine: Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders
The SHINE program provides free, unbiased and up-to-date health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages and their caregivers. The SHINE counselors help older persons (and younger disabled Medicare beneficiaries) understand their Medicare benefits and other health insurance options.
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, is a national program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families.