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Massachusetts Health Connector and Manet Community Health Center to Highlight Upcoming Open Enrollment and Detail Local Assistance in Signing up for Health Insurance in Quincy

The Massachusetts Health Connector and Manet Community Health Center, along with the Fishing Partnership Support Services, will hold a press conference to reinforce the importance of health care access and affordability for everyone, and detail opportunities for residents to access help applying for health coverage starting Nov. 15. The next Open Enrollment for the Commonwealth starts Nov. 15, and everyone who is in Health Connector coverage or was placed in temporary coverage over the last year will need to submit a new application if they still want to be covered by health insurance through the Commonwealth.

WHAT:

Press conference highlighting importance of health care access and affordability, and opportunities for residents to get help signing up for coverage

WHO:

  • Jean Yang, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector
  • John J. Holiver, Chief Executive Officer of Manet Community Health Center
  • J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services
  • Angela Sanfilippo, Director of Support Services and Navigator for Fishing Partnership Support Services
  • Local residents who discuss their health insurance needs

WHEN: 

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Manet Community Health Center
110 West Squantum St.
North Quincy

Friday, October 10th, 2014||

Massachusetts Health Connector to Highlight Upcoming Open Enrollment and Detail Local Assistance in Signing up for Health Insurance in New Bedford on Oct. 8

The Massachusetts Health Connector, along with local community health insurance assistors People Acting in Community Endeavors, the Fishing Partnership Support Services and the Immigrants’ Assistance Center, will hold a press conference to reinforce the importance of health care access and affordability for everyone, and detail opportunities for residents to access help applying for health coverage starting Nov. 15. The next Open Enrollment for the Commonwealth starts Nov. 15, and everyone who is in Health Connector coverage or was placed in temporary coverage over the last year will need to submit a new application if they still want to be covered by health insurance through the Commonwealth.

WHAT:

Press conference highlighting importance of health care access and affordability, and opportunities for residents to get help signing up for coverage

WHO:

  • Jean Yang, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector
  • Ginny DeSilva, Health Access and Public Relations Director for People Acting in Community Endeavors
  • Helena DaSilva Hughes, Executive Director of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center
  • J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services
  • Angela Sanfilippo, Director of Support Services and Navigator for Fishing Partnership Support Services
  • Local residents who discuss their health insurance needs

WHEN:    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: New Bedford City Hall,  Ashley Room,  133 William St., New Bedford

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014||

Health Connector, Mayor Rivera and Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. Urge Residents to Get Health Insurance and Use Local Assistors to Navigate Through 2015 Open Enrollment Starting November 15

The Massachusetts Health Connector, Mayor Daniel Rivera and the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. will hold a roundtable conversation to reinforce the importance of health care access and affordability for everyone, and detail opportunities for residents to access help applying for health coverage starting Nov. 15. The next Open Enrollment for the Commonwealth starts Nov. 15, and everyone who is in Health Connector coverage or was placed in temporary coverage over the last year will need to submit a new application if they still want to be covered by health insurance through the Commonwealth.

WHAT:    Roundtable highlighting importance of health care access and affordability, and opportunities for residents to get help signing up for coverage

WHO:

  • Mayor Daniel Rivera, City of Lawrence
  • Jean Yang, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector
  • Evelyn Friedman, Executive Director of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.
  • Members of Mayor Rivera’s Health Task Force
  • Local residents who discuss their health insurance needs

WHEN:    Thursday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Greater Lawrence Community Action Council
Fourth Floor Conference Room, 305 Essex St., Lawrence

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014||

State to Use hCentive as Health Insurance Exchange Website for Fall 2014 Open Enrollment

Friday, August 8, 2014 – Maydad Cohen, Special Assistant to the Governor for Project Delivery, today announced that the Patrick Administration has decided, with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to use hCentive the state’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX). By proving hCentive’s IT readiness for Fall 2014 Open Enrollment, the Commonwealth can remain a state-based Marketplace, stop its contingency planning to join the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and focus exclusively on expanding access to affordable, quality health insurance through hCentive.

Friday, August 8th, 2014|Tags: |

Featured FAQ: How do I know if my coverage through my job is affordable for me?

Health coverage from a job is considered affordable—as it relates to eligibility for an Advance Premium Tax Credit through the Health Connector—if your employee share of the annual premium for self-only coverage is no greater than 9.5% of your annual household income. This means that a job-based health plan is considered “affordable” if the employee’s share of premiums for the lowest cost self-only coverage—NOT spouse or family coverage—that meets the minimum value standard is less than 9.5% of their family’s income.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014||

Important member update: Coverage extended through December 31, 2014

The Commonwealth has received approval to extend the Commonwealth Care and Temporary Coverage programs, as well as coverage for members who formerly had help paying for health insurance through the Medical Security Program (MSP), through December 31, 2014. If you are currently enrolled in one of these health coverage programs, you will receive a notification of this extension by mail the week of June 16th.

Thursday, June 12th, 2014||

Student health insurance and national health care reform: What does it mean for you?

Exciting new changes! National health reform, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a new law designed to improve access to health insurance for millions of people. This landmark law includes some new ways for students to have greater access to affordable health insurance.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014||

Navigator Program: Notice of Grant Opportunity

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers new opportunities for individuals, families and small businesses to access insurance in Massachusetts as well as new opportunities to assist them in enrolling in affordable health and dental coverage. In Massachusetts, the Health Connector serves as the ACA-compliant Marketplace offering the Commonwealth more affordable health and dental coverage options that are easy to compare.

The Health Connector also administers the federally-required Navigator program, which is designed to help consumers and small businesses that are seeking health or dental coverage, understand their coverage options and access any applicable state and federal subsidies that may make their coverage more affordable.

The Health Connector is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications from qualified and eligible organizations to serve as Navigators for the second year of the program.  The Notice of Grant Opportunity can be found on COMMBUYS at  https://www.commbuys.com/bso/.

Please note the following important deadlines, which apply to all interested applicants:

  • Required  Letter of Intent due Friday, May 30, 2014
  • Completed grant application due Friday, June 13, 2014

Please share this announcement with any interested stakeholders. The Health Connector

Friday, May 16th, 2014||

Massachusetts Health Exchange Dashboard for May 8, 2014

The following report on the Massachusetts Health Exchange project provides an overview of the coverage gains, application intake and website and call center experience since the deadline closed for the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment on March 31, 2014.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014||

Featured FAQ: How Can I Make Premium Payments?

If you are a new member enrolled in a plan starting January 1, 2014 or later, you must have set up a bank transfer when you complete your application. Otherwise, you will not be able to update your account to make online premium payments at this time. We hope to have this feature available in the near future. If you are making your first premium payment, it must be received and processed no later than 5-business days before your coverage effective date in order for your enrollment to be complete.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014||