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Helpline - Now With Flu Info, Too!

Health Care for All’s HelpLine and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are teaming up to help answer your questions about H1N1 and the seasonal flu. Each of our counselors has been trained by infectious disease experts at DPH to give callers informed up-to-date information in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin. You may have heard that Massachusetts has recently received more than 3 million doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine. This means that there is plenty of vaccine for anyone who wants to protect themselves against the illness. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. In... Read more »

Senator Kirk Cites HCFA Helpline

In a stirring Senate floor speech yesterday drawing on the legacy of Senator Kennedy, Senator Kirk again brought up the HCFA Helpline as an example of why we need health reform: Senator Kirk told the Senators about Carol, who was uninsured and suffered from seizures. Carol's story, taken from a HCFA blog post, continued: She learned about the assistance of Health Care For All, the Massachusetts organization dedicated to making quality, affordable health care accessible to everyone. She applied and was declared eligible for Commonwealth Care. She immediately went to see a specialist and was... Read more »

CommCare Bridge Update: Important Information for Nov. 1st

As the second phase of Commonwealth Care Bridge enrollment begins, here is some important information that may be useful to you: November 1st Enrollment Over 10,000 residents in the northern and southern parts of the state are expected to be automatically enrolled into Commonwealth Care Bridge on November 1st - Sunday. Here’s what to expect: Read more »

HCFA Launches “A Healthy Tweet” to support HelpLine

For the month of October, HCFA is asking you to Tweet for Health Reform! A Healthy Tweet is a campaign to spread the word about the importance of health reform while raising money for HCFA’s HelpLine. Click here for the full details or visit http://tinyurl.com/4reform. Read more »

Temporary Reprieve for Legal Immigrants in CommCare, Budget Saga Continues

Neil Cronin from the Mass Law Reform Institute shares an update on coverage for legal immigrants: “Finally there's some good news to report on the continuing saga of special status legal immigrants. Because the state legislature has thus far failed to act on Gov. Patrick's proposed alternative plan to cover the 30,000 legal immigrants slated to be cut from CommCare, the status quo is maintained. At least for the month of August, the immigrant cut will not take effect. Full CommCare benefits will remain available to the 30,000 legal immigrants who received a warning notice telling them that... Read more »

Helpline Hears from Hundreds of MA Residents in Fear of Losing Coverage

Since the Connector Authority sent out a letter to legal immigrant members last week, the Health Care For All HelpLine has received hundreds of inquiries from people who are deeply concerned they are going to lose the coverage the are eligible for and enrolled in. Here are some of the people we have heard from over the past few days and what they are telling us: Read more »

Real Voices: Your Weekly Dose from the HCFA Helpline

Every week we highlight the voices of real people that contact our Helpline every day. Once a week you will be introduced to a family whose life has changed for the better due to health reform. If you or anyone you know needs assistance applying for free or low-cost health care coverage, please contact our Helpline online, or call 1-800-272-4232. Here’s this week’s entry: Ana and Ben never thought that having access to quality and affordable health insurance would be something precious to them. When health reform was passed and they learned that every resident of Massachusetts needed to have... Read more »

Real Voices: Your Weekly Dose from the HCFA Helpline

Every week we highlight the voices of real people that contact our Helpline every day. Once a week you will be introduced to a family whose life has changed for the better due to health reform. If you or anyone you know needs assistance applying for free or low-cost health care coverage, please contact our Helpline online, or call 1-800-272-4232. Here’s this week’s entry: Janet first contacted the Health Care For All’s Helpline about 2 years ago. She needed help filling out health program applications, and four weeks later she was notified about her Commonwealth Care eligibility. About a few... Read more »

Real Voices: Your Weekly Dose from the HCFA Helpline

Every week we highlight the voices of real people that contact our Helpline every day. Once a week you will be introduced to a family whose life has changed for the better due to health reform. If you or anyone you know needs assistance applying for free or low-cost health care coverage, please contact our Helpline online, or call 1-800-272-4232. Here’s this week’s entry: Thomas realized the importance of having access to health insurance after he suffered two strokes in the same year. He used to enjoy life by simply doing everything he liked to do, like drinking regularly, smoking, and not... Read more »

Real Voices: Your Weekly Dose from the HCFA HelpLine

Every week we highlight the voices of real people that contact our HelpLine every day. Once a week you will be introduced to a family whose life has changed for the better due to health reform. If you or anyone you know needs assistance applying for free or low-cost health care coverage, please contact our HelpLine online, or call 1-800-272-4232. Here’s this week’s entry: Amanda contacted Health Care For All when she found out that she was unexpectedly pregnant. She was uninsured and had no idea what to do to be able to afford prenatal treatment, as well as the delivery costs. She spoke with... Read more »

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