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BREAKING: Connector Extends Deadline For January Coverage

The Health Connector has just extended the deadline for many people to either select a plan and make their first premium payment. The Connector's release is here (bettermahealthconnector.org/application-deadline-extension/). (UPDATE: See the latest enrollment Q and A with Connector spokesperson Jason Lefferts on the 12/26 WBUR Commonhealth Blog) Headlines: The new deadlines are Tuesday, December 31, to select a plan, and extended deadlines that give members additional time to make a payment. For ConnectorCare members (people who receive state subsidies and federal tax credits, generally... Read more »

Connector Update on Temporary Coverage for People Seeking Subidized Insurance

Connector Executive Director Jean Yang called it “a backup to the backup” in a Boston Globe article about plans in process to prevents gaps or delays in coverage despite major dysfunction in the state's online eligibility and enrollment processing system. On late Friday, MassHealth and the Connector released more information about the temporary coverage plan: Read more »

Update: Latest FAQs on Connector and Health Insurance for January (Update: Update updated)

UPDATE: An FAQ and an update from the Health Connector (Tuesday 12/17, 2 pm): In accordance with Acting Gov. Galvin’s request to release all non-emergency employees today due to inclement weather, the Health Connector call center is closing at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday 12/17). The lines will re-open tomorrow at 7 a.m.Question. What happens to an individual who is unable to get their application through online for January 1st coverage? Read more »

Connector Update on Coverage Applications, Notices and Extensions

The Health Connector and MassHealth just sent out this update on contingency plans for health coverage in light of the ongoing issues with the eligibility IT (note that we have not posted the attachments, at the request of the Health Connector): Over the last several weeks, the Health Connector, in close collaboration with our colleagues at MassHealth, have been working to ensure that people have coverage in place on January 1. As such, we have outlined several important updates about current health coverage programs and when individuals can expect to receive notification regarding their... Read more »

Connector Board Report: Lingering Legacy, and Moving Forward

With just a few weeks before ACA coverage programs begin, the Connector Board met today to discuss website and coverage issues, vote on final regulations for student plans and the new ConnectorCare subsidized coverage program, and approve customer service and risk adjustment contract extensions. This was the final meeting under the Connector's programmatic offerings that go back to 2006's Chapter 58. Starting in January, it will be Connector 2.0, the ACA Marketplace. But, as we learned today, lots of legacy infrastructure will linger into the new year for a while longer.  Materials from the... Read more »

Connector: Despite IT Vendor Underperformance, More People Will Be Covered In January

The Health Connector held their board meeting this morning. We'll have a more detailed Board summary report up soon, but given the uncertainty about their website and enrollment we wanted to quickly share some of the updates. (Also, see this Herald article posted earlier today for some uninformed speculation, and this Herald banner developing story after the meeting focusing on website IT issues.) Read more »

Wonk Alert: Health Reform Trust Fund Primer

Wonks, start your salivating. This is the real thing. How good is this?: Read more »

CHIA Estimate: Mass Insurance Coverage Remained High For 2012

Source: Center for Health Information and Analysis, Massachusetts Health Insurance Coverage, 2012 Estimate (Dec. 2, 2013) On Monday, CHIA released their estimate of insurance coverage in Massachusetts (pdf) for 2012. Read more »

This Thanksgiving, We're Thankful For Health Reform

Thanksgiving is about being grateful. Here at Health Care For All, we see every day the impact Massachusetts health reform has on people all around us. We know it can work, because we've seen it work. That's why we're grateful for the ACA and national health reform. Please share this graphic far and wide: (and see this more detailed ACA Thanksgiving discussion guide by the Washington Post's Sarah Kliff) Read more »

Health Connector Talks Of Web Site, Ups Broker Commissions

The Health Connector Board met this past Wednesday (Nov. 14) to discuss open enrollment, broker commissions, and progress in getting ready for the ACA.  Materials from the meeting are here, and click on for our full update. Read more »

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