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The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download The Beacon 01.16 This edition contains information about: 5 Star Special Enrollment Period Medicare Part D updates Medicare PDP/MA-PD Complaints One Care Update SMP referral form Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download The Beacon 09.15 This edition contains information about: Medicare and the Marketplace Disability.gov Open Enrollment presentations for counselors Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE Counselors and our partners. Download The Beacon 06.15 This edition contains information about: Medigap (June) and Prescription Advantage (April) updated charts Medicare card replacement MassHealth update Client Contact Form update Understanding Medicare webinar Download P.A. Apr 2015 Rate Sheet Download... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download The Beacon 12.14 This edition contains information about: Medicare Plan Finder Tip Sheet Medicare Advantage Change in Provider Network Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medex Choice Reminders on Changes 1/1/15 - 2/14/15; Part B Preventive Benefits; Marketplace... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newlstter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download The Beacon 09.14 This edition contains information about : Open Enrollment Trainings Part B enrollment forms DOMA The Marketplace Legislative Update - Observation Stays Download Request for Employment Information 2010 Download Application: Medicare Part B Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon March 2014 This edition includes information about: Income Limits for Extra Help, Medicare Savings Programs, and MassHealth Updated Massachusetts Medicare Beneficiaries among the Top in Utilizing Preventive Services Criteria for Medicare Home Health Care... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 11-29-2013 This edition includes information about: Last Day of Medicare Open Enrollment is December 7th People with Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace 2014 Medicare A & B Cost-sharing Announced 2014 Extra Help Resource... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at SHINE Counselor
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have created a FAQ Information Sheet regarding Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace. The purpose of this resource is to assure beneficiaries that their Medicare benefits are not changing. It also reinforces that the new marketplace health insurance is designed for individuals who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download The Beacon 6-13-2013 This edition includes information about DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program comes to Massachusetts National Mail-order Program for Diabetic Testing Supplies Redesigned MSN coming in Summer 2013 Silverscript Sanction Update Smart D Sanction Update... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at SHINE Counselor
GIC Open Enrollment April 10th 2013 to May 8th 2013 with changes effective July 1st 2013 With GIC open enrollment upon us, we realize you may be meeting with a number of Medicare beneficiaries who are retired state employees. These folks may be eligible for GIC retiree health insurance. We... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at SHINE Counselor
In January 2013, an agreement was approved in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius. The plaintiffs alleged that Medicare contractors were inappropriately applying an “Improvement Standard” in making claims determinations for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility, home health, and outpatient therapy benefits. In your work as SHINE counselors, you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at SHINE Counselor
After a short hiatus, The Beacon is back! The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 4-17-2013 This edition includes information about: Medicare Rates for 2014 When Enrollment Periods Collide Assistance for Filing Grievances against Medicare Private Plans New Online Service—my Social... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 11-27-2012 The November 27, 2012 includes information about: 2013 Parts A & B Cost-sharing Amounts Released Medicare Supplement Rates for 2013 Extra Help Resource Limits Increasing for 2013 Medicare Part D Coverage for Benzodiazepines... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has announced the Medicare A and B cost-sharing amounts for 2013. The SHINE Counselor charts have been updated and can be found on the Common Resources Page. Changes include: Part A premium decreases to $441/month Part A deductible increases to $1,184/benefit period... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
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CMS recently released their ratings for Part C and Part D plans. There are two resulting impacts on the marketplace for 2013 that SHINE counselors should be aware of. Five Star Plan Health New England’s Medicare Advantage Plans earned a 5 star rating for a second year in a row.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 9-18-2012 Topics contained in the September 18, 2012 edition include: Medicare Plan Finder Training Scenarios CMS Guide to Consumer Mailings 2013 Part D Base Premium and Benchmarks Announced Aetna Purchases Coventry BCBS Medigap Rates... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
Humana has begun selling a new Medigap policy in Massachusetts in addition to their original plan offering. These policies are called Humana Reader's Digest Health Living Medicare Supplement and are available for purchase now. Like other Medigaps sold in Massachusetts, they offer a Core and Supplement 1 option that follows... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Common Resources page has been updated with some new material. These updates include a new section titled Other State Health Insurance Programs, which includes information related to Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, and the Medical Security Program. The MassHealth section has also been updated to include an eligibility chart for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
Dental coverage under Medicare is limited; however, there are several options available to Massachusetts residents. On the Common Resources Page we have added a one page overview of how to access dental services in Massachusetts. We have also added the Massachusetts Community Health Center Dental Program Directory published by the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
Recently the Medicare Rights Center created a video to help explain the preventive care services available at no cost for people who have Medicare. This video is also available in Spanish. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The State SHINE Office would like to hear from you! Since October, the SHINE Counselor website and the Common Resources Page have been visited over 19,000 times! We would appreciate any feedback you have about the website, including any recommendations on how we can make it more useful for you.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
To align with the new Federal Poverty Guidelines, Prescription Advantage has released its April Rate Sheet. Any Prescription Advantage applications that are received in March, will be evaluated using these new income limits. As a reminder, disabled individuals under age 65 must have an income below 188% 0r category 2/S2... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
Recently, five new preventive benefits were added to the list of free services available to people with Medicare. These newly-covered services are: annual depression screening intensive obesity screening and behavioral counseling annual cardiovascular screening annual alcohol misuse screening STD/STI screening Download 2012 Medicare Part B Preventive Benefits Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
Over 4,000 City of Boston Retirees who are eligible for premium free Medicare Part A are required to enroll into Medicare A & B before the end of the general enrollment period on March 31st, 2011. During March and April the City will have an open enrollment period for individuals... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
Health Safety Net (HSN) provides assistance to low income Massachusetts residents with medically necessary services at Massachusetts Community Health Centers and Hospitals. For individuals with an income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, HSN can provide coverage for the Medicare Part A deductible or a Medicare Advantage Plan hospital... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at SHINE Counselor