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.

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The SHINE Program

60 North Bow Street, Milford, MA 01757, USA                      1-800-243-4636, option 3                   

Massachusetts Council on Aging (MCOA)

Massachusetts Council on Aging (MCOA) is a non-profit membership organization comprised of municipal Councils on Aging.   Their mission is to support the independence of adults 60 and older by advocating for programs and services to meet their needs, promote the growth and quality of Councils on Aging and senior centers and strengthen the professional skills of Council on Aging staff.


1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227)

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).

Medicare Insurance and Retirement

Medical Insurance and Retirement is a Massachusetts state website that explains Medicare, GIC and how to coordinate retiring.

Social Security


Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.  

One Care

One Care is a new health care option for Massachusetts adults, age 21-64, who are eligible for both MassHealth and Medicare (dual eligible). The One Care target population includes non-elderly adults with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, serious mental illness, and substance abuse disorders. The goal of One Care is to provide higher quality care for dual eligible adults under age 65 at a lower cost than MassHealth and Medicare provide separately.

Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid (CLA) provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts.  Elders and persons with disabilities receive assistance in resolving Medicare related health insurance coverage issues. 

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging - Senior Connection


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


1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) option 3

Prescription Advantage

1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) option 2

Prescription Advantage is a state-sponsored prescription drug insurance plan for Massachusetts seniors and disabled residents. For people on Medicare, Prescription Advantage helps pay Part D Prescription Drug Plan costs. For people not on Medicare, the program provides primary prescription drug coverage.



MassHealth is a public health insurance program for low- to medium-income residents of Massachusetts. The national health insurance program called Medicaid.

MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program


MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program is a free prescription drug information and referral service for Massachusetts residents. The Pharmacy Outreach Program offers medication counseling, prescription drug plan referrals, and other prescription drug assistance.

Aging Services Access Points (ASAPS)

Aging Services Access Points (ASAPS) are one-stop entry points for all of the services and benefits available to seniors in Massachusetts. These agencies provide information, applications, direct services, and referrals. ASAPs manage the state-based Massachusetts Home Care Program.

The Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program

Empowering Seniors To Prevent Healthcare Fraud