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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: Paul can’t imagine what his 2-year old daughter’s life might be like if it wasn’t for Massachusetts’ health reform. He first contacted the Helpline after a friend told him about the new lower-cost health care options created... 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: Carol had never imagined the importance of having an affordable and quality health insurance until she understood the seriousness of her health problems. She is a 24-year-old woman who suffers from seizures, and was... Read more »

Unemployed? Health Insurance Options Are Available

Are you recently unemployed and looking for your health insurance options? Do you help recently jobless folks apply for health insurance? If you answered yes or just want clarity on health insurance options available to unemployed folks in the state -- this week we launched an unemployment resource just for you! We developed this FAQ, at www.hcfama.org/unemployment after a meeting last Friday with directors of the Medical Security Program. The Medical Security Program is a one-of-a-kind program found only in Massachusetts that helps unemployment recipients afford their COBRA (continuation... Read more »

Real Voices: Your Weekly Dose from the HCFA Helpline

Back after a brief vacation, 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: When Camila first contacted Health Care for All two years ago, her family had been uninsured for a period of almost two years when her friend suggested that she contact the Helpline. Her biggest... 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: Read more »

This is Radio Somewhere

Update: Listen here. Today, WBUR's Radio Boston asks, "Can Mass Healthcare Be Used as a National Model?" The show airs at 1:00 pm today, and repeats at 1:00 pm tomorrow, Saturday. You can also listen online after the show airs. Host David Boeri spent a good amount of time listening in at HCFA's Helpline, as we helped people get enrolled into coverage. His work on the story is making a difference for Jessica Alpert, an assistant producer of the show, who blogged about her experience. 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 story: Ann had just learned about her family’s eligibility for MassHealth and Commonwealth Care when she first brought her 12-year-old-daughter to the pediatrician for a regular visit. She says that it was just essential for her... 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 story: Brenda’s family was living without health insurance for years. She could barely remember the last time she and her husband had gone to the doctor for a regular check-up. Brenda learned about Health Care For All's Helpline... 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 story: Laura’s family never knew that affordable health insurance was within their reach until they attended a health fair where they learned about their options from a Helpline Counselor. Laura is a 39-year-old stay-at-home mother... 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 story: Barbara was born with a health condition called hip dysplasia, causing severe pain which affects her life in many ways. She works as a secretary at a landscape company and is a 22-year-old single mother. She can’t walk well... Read more »

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