Post Content

Health - Seniors walking dog

What comes to mind when you hear “MassHealth”? Some people may think of it as a transitional health insurance program or one that helps people with disabilities and other longer-term health needs.

But what many don’t know is that MassHealth, which is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides a number of services for seniors as well. MassHealth considers each applicant’s specific health, financial, family, and housing situation and offers a range of options and advice through MassHealth Customer Service on how to select what’s best for each senior in the Commonwealth.

MassHealth Coverage for Seniors

For those who qualify, MassHealth benefits can include:

  • Prescriptions;
  • Hospital stays;
  • Office visits;
  • Long-term care (in-home or in a facility); and
  • Payment of Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles, and copayments.

Seniors who have long-term care insurance may be eligible for MassHealth, as well as exemptions from some eligibility and recovery rules.

MassHealth Information for Seniors

A good place to start is MassHealth information for seniors, which provides an overview of the program, as well as links to more detailed information.

Seniors can also learn about specific programs and eligibility through applications and member forms, many of which are available in Spanish and large-print versions. Key documents include:

Additional MassHealth Resources for Seniors

If you need additional help, seniors and family members can call MassHealth Customer Service at (800) 841-2900 (TTY: [800] 497-4648 for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled).

Information is also available through Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE), which is part of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Elder Affairs (ELD). Certified SHINE counselors help people understand their health-care options, including offerings from MassHealth, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. These advisors can provide information over the phone, by email, and in person at locations throughout the state. To talk to a SHINE counselor or find one near you, call (800) AGE-INFO or use the SHINE by town directory.

As you learn about MassHealth options for seniors, keep in mind that eligibility varies with each applicant’s situation. Before applying for MassHealth, elders and those who care for them can take advantage of available resources and speak to someone who is knowledgeable about the process.

Have a question about MassHealth for seniors? Comment below or tweet us @MassGov.

Written By:

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts posted on Jun 22

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts

As the state where the Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill, and first shots of the American Revolution happened, Massachusetts is a special place to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether you’re looking for a free event for the family or a way to give back to America’s   …Continue Reading Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts! posted on Jun 14

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

Whether it’s a few dollars in your coat pocket or change in an old piggy bank, everyone loves finding forgotten money. The Commonwealth is currently holding more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property, and according to the Massachusetts Unclaimed Property Division, under the Office of the State   …Continue Reading Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Massachusetts posted on Jun 7

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Massachusetts

A rainbow flag — the symbol of LGBTQ pride and diversity — flies over Boston City Hall in June as Massachusetts residents come together to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The flag raising ceremony officially kicked off Boston Pride Week, which runs from June 2–11.   …Continue Reading Celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Massachusetts