SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is funded by the Agency for Community Living and coordinated by the  Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with the Friends of The Milford Senior Center.

The SHINE Program

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Public Benefits


There are a wide variety of programs that offer financial assistance to those that qualify. Not all programs use assets to determine eligibility.


Please contact your SHINE counselor to discuss your potential eligibility.


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MassHealth

MassHealth is another program which helps pay for all or part of the expense of health coverage. An application must be submitted to determine eligibility.


MassHealth Applications

To apply for state financial assistance, click on the link below. You will be re-directed to the official state website.

State Programs to Help Pay Costs



Prescription Advantage

​Prescription Advantage is a state-sponsored prescription drug insurance plan that is available to Massachusetts residents age 65 and older, as well as younger individuals with disabilities who meet income and employment guidelines. For people on Medicare, Prescription Advantage helps pay Part D Prescription Drug Plan costs. For people not on Medicare, the program offers primary prescription drug coverage with an out-of-pocket spending limit. Prescription Advantage is a Massachusetts state program that helps pay for prescription drugs for individuals who fall within certain income guidelines.

For the majority of people, this is a free program.

With this program assets are not counted to determine eligibility.



Veterans Benefits


Under Chapter 115 of Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. ch. 115), the Commonwealth provides benefits for veterans, veterans spouses and dependents of veterans. 

Each municipality has a Veterans Service Officer who will screen and assist veterans and their families to apply for benefits. 


NOTE: The Veteran Service Officer in every community MUST take an application when requested and provide written determination of a person's eligibility.


To see a List of Veterans service Officers, click on the link below:

Local Veteran Service Officers

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