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CMS has instituted a new way for SHINE counselors to report errors or problems with the Medicare Plan Finder. If you notice that the Plan Finder is not functioning properly, you should complete the Plan Finder Intake Form. Doing so will help CMS staff recreate the problem and identify a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 8-6-2012 Topics contained in the August 6, 2012 edition include: Mid-year Guide to Helping Your Part D Clients Savings on Prescription Drug Costs Continue to Grow CTM Refresher Training Social Security Administration’s Multilingual Website... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 6-29-2012 Topics covered in the June 29, 2012 edition include: 18th Annual SHIP Directors Conference CMS Train-the-Trainer Workshop 2012 Medicare and Health Savings Accounts Commercial Health Insurance Open Enrollment Ethos and Seniors Flash Mob... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 5-25-2012 Topics covered in the May 25, 2012 edition include: CMS Train-the-Trainer Workshop 2012 LINET Support Tools Social Security Launches New Online Statement Communication with Members and Applicants with Disabilities Commonwealth Care Open Enrollment... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 4-23-2012 Topics covered in the April 23, 2012 edition include: Medicare Plan Finder Updates Applying Online for Social Security Disability Benefits Data Matching with the Division of Workforce Development Fact Sheets for Home Care... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 3-16-2012 Topics covered in the March 16, 2012 edition include: Changes to SSI State Supplement Program effective April 1st Qualifying Individual Program Extended New Format for Electronic Medicare Summary Notice MyMedicare.Gov Request from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The 2012-2013 Public Benefits Guidelines chart has been updated. This new version (Updated 3/9/12) includes updated figures for Prescription Advantage, which go into effect April 2012. Commonly known as SHINE's "Pink Sheet", this chart, typically printed on pink paper, reviews the income and asset guidelines for MassHealth programs, Prescription Advantage,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
We have produced an electronic version of the SHINE Client Contact Form in pdf. Unlike most pdf files, this form will allow the user to save a copy with the filled-in data. However, the user must be using Adobe Reader 8 or higher. Adobe Reader is free software and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 2-16-2012 Topics covered in the February 16, 2012 edition include: Change to Social Security’s Extra Help Outreach Beneficiaries Saved $2.1 Billion While in the Donut Hole in 2011 2012 Federal Poverty Levels Commonwealth Care... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
MassHealth has published a Mail and Fax Cover Sheet that should be used when sending documents to the Enrollment Centers or Central Processing Unit. There are two important points to remember when using this form: DO NOT PHOTOCOPY THIS FORM. A new form should be printed with every use. This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
There have been several changes to MassHealth mailing addresses and fax numbers. Below is a fact sheet to instruct SHINE Counselors on where certain types of applications and verifications should be sent. Download MassHealth Where to Send What Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 1-20-2012 Topics covered in the January 20, 2012 edition include: Waiver of Part D Cost Sharing for HCBS Waiver Members Dispelling Myths about Medicare Premiums Reminder: Part D Transition Policy First Health Issues and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
Effective January 1, 2012, several MassHealth eligibility figures have been updated. The following amounts have been changed: Income limit for Home and Community Based Services Waiver (Frail Elder) increased to $2,094/month Maximum home equity limit increased to $786,000 Community spouse asset limit for nursing home cases increased to $113,640 Maximum... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The following flyer includes a chart that can be given to clients. It outlines several public benefits that can help a Medicare beneficiary pay for her Medicare premiums, co-payments, and deductibles. It includes eligibility requirements, application instruction, and the specific assistance provided by each program. The income and asset limits... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 12-23-11 Topics covered in the December 23, 2011 edition include: New Medicare Preventive Service to Fight Obesity Social Security Expands Spanish-language Online Services Medicare Awards Grants to Expand 52 SMP Programs LINET Updates Medicare... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 11-22-11 Topics covered in the November 22, 2011 edition include: Social Security Office Closings Medicare A & B Cost Sharing Amounts for 2012 Extra Help & Medicare Savings Program Asset Guidelines Increase Recent CMS... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 10-27-11 Topics covered in the October 27, 2011 edition include: Social Security Announces 3.6% Cost of Living Increase One 5-Star Plan for Massachusetts in 2012 National Medicare Training Program Webinar CMS Consumer Alert New... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
This chart reviews the premiums and benefits of Medigap plans available in 2011. This chart is printed on Blue Paper. Download 2012 Medigap Plans Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
This chart shows the deductibles and co-insurance for covered services under Medicare Parts A & B. Download 2012 Medicare Part A + B Benefits and Gaps Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
This fact sheet includes the Medicare Part A and B premiums for 2012. It also shows the adjustments to the Part B and Part D premiums for those with higher incomes. Download 2012 Medicare Premiums Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
A client should complete a Permission to Share Information (PSI) form if he/she wants a SHINE Counselor to be able to speak with MassHealth regarding the case. Below are PSI forms that are pre-populated with each regional office's contact information. Download ABCD PSI (pdf) Download Attleboro COA PSI (pdf) Download... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
The MassHealth Application Checklist is a tool for SHINE Counselors to use when preparing a client to complete the Senior Medical Benefit Request form. It lists some of the most common verifications an applicant is required to provide. Keep in mind, MassHealth may request verifications not included on the checklist... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 9.27.2011(PDF) Topics covered in the September 27, 2011 edition include: Delays in Sending out LIS Riders CMS and DOI Efforts to Identify Broker Malfeasance Medicare Enforcement of Equal Visitation and Representation Quick Reference: Medicare’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 9.2.2011 (PDF) Topics covered in the September 2, 2011 edition include: New Five-star SEP for 2012 Annual Wellness Visit vs. Welcome to Medicare Exam SHINE Open Enrollment Flyer New Bundled Payment Initiative Launched Fraud... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at SHINE Counselor
The Beacon is SHINE's newsletter. It is intended for SHINE counselors and our partners. Download Beacon 8.12.2011 (PDF) Topics covered in the August 12, 2011 edition include: Social Security Offices to Close Early Open Enrollment Materials from CMS New Tools to Help Improve Health Care Quality New SEP for Involuntarily... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at SHINE Counselor