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Worcester and Fall River Enrollment Events (one even has Sharks!)(the hockey kind)

Health Care For All is working with the Connector and MassHealth to sponsor a number of free health coverage enrollment events in the coming weeks. This is a chance to sign up for coverage, and get personal help and questions answered by authoritative experts. The next two events are in Worcester, on Wednesday, January 7, and Fall River, on Monday, January 12. The Worcester event will run from noon to 8 p.m. at the DCU Center at 50 Foster Street, on January 7. In Fall River, it will be also be from noon to 8 p.m., at Bristol Community College – Building G, at 777 Elsbree Street, on January 12... Read more »

HCFA Hits The Streets For Coverage

Dozens of HCFA office staffers joined our canvassing teams on Saturday to knock on doors in Boston to get the word out about health care coverage options. We've set a goal of meeting over 200,000 Bay Staters, and with the over 2000 doors we hit today, we're getting close to meeting our goal. We're working throughout the state, concentrating on low income and immigrant neighborhoods likely to have MassHealth or Health Connector coverage. Our message was the need for everyone to check their coverage options, and renew their coverage if it's expiring. The Globe went with us, and here's excerpts... Read more »

Connector/MassHealth Week 1 Dashboard Shows Continued Enrollment Growth

The state released its first weekly Open Enrollment dashboard today, showing enrollment activity for the Health Connector and MassHealth.  The complicated chart above shows both were enrollees are coming from, and where they are going to. Notice that the bars are not to scale. Read more »

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Lowell Helping @HCFA Spread the Word About #OpenEnrollment

The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Lowell is one of HCFA's foremost partners in our campaign to reach 200,000 households in Massachusetts with information about this year's health coverage open enrollment. They tweeted this out earlier today: Read more »

Connector Prepares for Open Enrollment

Last Thursday, the Connector Board received updates on the progress on the eligibility and enrollment system and website, approved the Connector’s Fall 2014 Open Enrollment outreach plan and voted to approve the final 2015 Seal of Approval. With 65 days until the start of open enrollment, which runs from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, this is a crucial time for each of these activities. Materials from the meeting can be found on the Connector’s website, under About – Leadership – Board Meetings. The update on the enrollment and eligibility system is here, and the outreach and... Read more »

When it comes to kids, we’re number 1!

This week, we were proud to participate in the release of the Kids Count report, placing Massachusetts at number one in the nation when it comes to overall child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report covers a wide spectrum of data when it considers children’s wellbeing, and of course access to health care is one of the main metrics in addition to early education, child poverty, and more. With just only about 1% of children uninsured, Massachusetts does extremely well on access to coverage. Read more »

What Two Massachusetts Advocates Learned at the State of Enrollment Conference

“We have succeeded in covering millions of people – now we have to keep them covered” was a message we heard numerous times throughout Enroll America’s State of Enrollment conference.  The days at #SOE2014 were jam-packed with informative workshops and plenaries offering innovative, creative, and experience-driven ideas about how to successfully engage the remaining uninsured and keep those that have enrolled covered. And we know Navigators, Certified Application Counselors (CACs), and other assisters will be critical to ensuring this work is done and done right! Here are some of our key... Read more »

Enroll America Reports on Massachusetts Health Reform Education Campaign

Enroll America is the national non-profit working to to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act. They are focusing on states with the highest numbers of uninsured, as you would expect. But a number of their senior staff members were in Boston last week to learn about our success in Boston and share ideas and strategies. We also discussed what we are doing now to pick up the remaining uninsured and help those transitioning to ACA coverage. Read more »

Seeking Your Participation

Health Care For All has been asked to help review some health insurance materials! We would like your help to make sure the materials are easy to read and understand. Two people from the Center for Health Literacy will come to interview men and women over the age of 18 who agree to help and have not completed high school. If you agree to help, it will not affect your health insurance or benefits in any way. Each interview will take about 45 minutes and will happen on July 23rd. We will pay you $50 for your time after the interview. If you want to help and are available July 23rd, please... Read more »

HHS Releases Report on Successes of Consumer Assistance Programs Nationwide

Today federal HHS released a report detailing the successes of Consumer Assistance Programs, including Health Care For All’s HelpLine. In 2010, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, 35 states were awarded grants to provide consumers with assistance navigating their health care coverage. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services was a grant awardee and subcontracted with Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates to launch the Mass. Consumer Assistance Program. As described in the report, CAPs achieved impressive success including: Read more »

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