Help with Health Care Costs

MassHealth is a public health insurance program for eligible low and medium-income residents of Massachusetts.

Am I eligible?
To be eligible for MassHealth, you must be a low to medium-income resident of Massachusetts and meet certain general and financial eligibility requirements.

To apply for MassHealth, you should call the MassHealth Enrollment Center at 1-888-665-9993 (TTY: 1-888-665-9997) to request an application. You can also download an application from MassHealth Applications and Member Forms

Prescription Advantage is a state-sponsored prescription drug insurance plan for Massachusetts seniors and disabled residents who meet eligibility requirements. For people on Medicare, Prescription Advantage helps pay Part D Prescription Drug Plan costs. For people not on Medicare, the program allows members to buy a wide range of prescription drugs, while limiting the amount they must spend each year for the medicine they need.

To be eligible for Prescription Advantage, you must be a Massachusetts resident who is 65 years or older; or a Massachusetts resident under 65 who is disabled and meets the income and employment guidelines. Medicare recipients must join a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or a Medicare Advantage Plan with drug coverage, or have comparable coverage through an employer or union. You cannot join this program if you get prescription drug benefits through MassHealth. Your immigration status and your current state of health do not affect your eligibility.

To apply for Prescription Advantage, you should call 1-800-AGE-INFO to get an application. You may also download an application from the Prescription Advantage web site

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Its mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).

WOMEN INFANT and CHILDREN (WIC) Nutrition Program

WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. To apply for WIC, call 1-800-WIC-1007