Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone


  • Medicare Open Enrollment 10-15 to 12-7
  • Now is the time to review your Medicare coverage with a S.H.I.N.E. volunteer
  • Call Elder Services of Berkshire County at 499-0524.


What is SHINE?
The SHINE Program (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is a state health insurance assistance program that provides free health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. The SHINE Program is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with elder service agencies, social service and community based agencies and Councils on Aging. The program is partially funded by the federal agency Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
What is a SHINE Counselor?
A committed volunteer who is trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in many areas of health insurance, including Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D; Medigap insurance, Medicare HMOs, retiree insurance plans, prescription drug programs, Medicaid, Medicare assistance programs (QMB, SLMB and QI), and other programs for people with limited resources.
How Can a SHINE Counselor Help Me?
The SHINE Program assists elders and individuals with disabilities in understanding their Medicare and MassHealth benefits and other health insurance options. The SHINE program ensures that Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers have access to accurate, unbiased and up-to-date information about their health care options.
Where can I find a SHINE counselor?
To make a SHINE appointment   please call Elder Services of Berkshire  County  at 4 99-0524.