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Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, Community Legal Aid, and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed September 2023

Medicare Advocacy Project:
The Medicare Advocacy Project (MAP) helps both elderly and disabled people who may have been unfairly denied Medicare. MAP can give you the information you need to learn more and get the help you need. MAP can advise you and sometimes represent you for free. Contact MAP via your local legal services office:

Greater Boston Legal Services
Serving Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties: 617-603-1700
South Coastal County Legal Services
Serving Bristol and Plymouth Counties: 800-244-8393; 508-586-2110
Serving Fall River: 800-287-3777; 508-676-3777
Serving Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth Counties: 800-742-4107; 508-775-7020
Community Legal Aid
Serving Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester Counties: 855-252-5342


SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone): 1-800-243-4636, press 3
The SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) Program provides health insurance counseling services to elderly and disabled adults.

SHINE counselors are trained to handle complex questions about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Health Maintenance Organizations, public benefits with health care components, Medicaid, free hospital care, prescription drug assistance programs, drug discount cards, and long-term health insurance.

Prescription Advantage: 1-800-243-4636, press 2
Prescription Advantage is a prescription drug insurance plan for all Massachusetts residents age 65 and older, as well as younger people with disabilities who meet income and employment guidelines.

MassHealth: 1-800-841-2900
The MassHealth program provides comprehensive health insurance — or help paying for private health insurance.

MCPHS University Pharmacy Outreach Program: 1-866-633-1617
The MCPHS University Pharmacy Outreach Program can review your information to help you find programs that may help you with your prescription costs. These programs include MassHealth, Commonwealth Care/Choice, Medicare Drug Benefit Plans, Prescription Advantage and Patient Assistance Programs.

The MCPHS University Pharmacy Outreach Program can also give you information about your prescription coverage options or how to use your insurance in the most cost effective way.

Medicare: 1-800-MEDICARE

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You may be able to get free legal help from your local legal aid program. Or email a question about your own legal problem to a lawyer.

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