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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
Source for health-related information including this article on Healthy Aging.
Healthy Aging
Telephone: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

Greater Boston Legal Services
Elderly Unit provides legal assistance to Senior Citizens (people age 60 and older) in areas such as housing and tenant rights, nursing home issues, Social Security, SSI, Medicaid and Medicare, elder abuse, and defense against guardianships and conservatorships, regardless of a client's income.
197 Friend St.
Boston, MA  02114
Telephone:   617-603-1776

MassHealth (Medicaid)
The division of Medical Assistance (the Division) manages MassHealth, which provides health care benefits to low and medium-income families, living in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The Division offers these benefits to recipients directly, or by paying part of all of health insurance premiums.  MassHealth provides financial coverage for certain residents, age 65 or older that require long-term care services. 
Telephone:  1-800-841-2900-Enrollment; 1-888-665-9993-Eligibility
Mass Health

Medex Information:  Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Telephone:  1-800-258-2226
TDD (Telecommunications for Deaf)
TTY:   1-800-439-2370
Voice:  1-800-439-0183

Find the latest information about Medicare.

Medicare Advocacy Project (MAP)
MAP provides free legal representation to Medicare beneficiaries throughout the Commonwealth on Medicare and Medicare-related issues.  MAP advocates also provide advice, outreach and training on Medicare.  MAP’s mandate is to insure that Massachusetts Medicare beneficiaries receive the Medicare and Medicare-related coverage to which they are entitled. 
Contact:  Elderly and Medicare Intake-Boston office


NIH Senior Health
Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health, including free tips on aging and this article on planning your doctor visit:
Planning Your Doctor Visit
NIH Senior Health

SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of the Elderly)
Provides free health insurance counseling services to elderly and disabled adults. SHINE volunteer counselors are trained to handle complex questions about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Health Maintenance Organizations, Medicaid, free hospital care, prescription drug assistance programs, drug discount cards, and long-term health insurance.
Telephone: 617-727-7750 (state-wide); 617-635-4366 (Boston)


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This content was last modified on: 07/29/2015

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