Health Access

PACE Health Access provides outreach and application assistance to any person who would like to apply for MassHealth or a ConnectorCare plan or would like assistance in applying for or managing Medicare, Medicaid, retiree medical insurance or related prescription plans.

MassHealth is a state and federal funded health insurance program with a full range of benefits. Eligibility is based on income and family criteria.  The Health Access Program also provides information pertaining to free health care and dental programs for the uninsured.

Please call us at 508-999-9920 for more information or to set up an appointment. We are located at 166 William Street in New Bedford, MA.

As of June 2016, PACE Health Access is pleased to announce the addition of a Senior Health Intake Specialist to assist clients over the age of 65 with their Medicare applications including Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D; Medigap Insurance, Medicare HMOs, retiree insurance plans, prescription drug programs, Medicaid, Medicare assistance programs (QMB, SLMB and QI) and other programs for people with limited resources. Appointments for this service are available Tuesdays from 1pm-4pm.

 


New MassHealth Renewal Process

MassHealth is sending notices throughout the year indicating when you need to renew and the steps you may need to take.

What will households need to do?

Households will need to complete the “Annual Eligibility Renewal” to find out if members of the household can still get coverage through MassHealth.

MassHealth will continue your household’s current coverage for up to 45 days from the date of the letter while they wait for you to renew your information. Once they process your completed renewal application, MassHealth will send you another letter to let you know if you and members of your household still qualify for health coverage through MassHealth, CMSP, or the HSN.

Please pay attention to deadlines!

If you receive a letter and need assistance or if you need to apply for insurance, please call PACE at 508-999-9920.


Access to Health Insurance is Still Available

You can apply and enroll in MassHealth at any time during the year.

 If you are newly eligible for ConnectorCare Plans (subsidized public health insurance) you can apply and enroll at any time during the year.

You may qualify for a “Special Enrollment Period” if you have a qualifying life event, such as a marriage, the birth of a child, losing a job, becoming a Massachusetts resident, etc. You will need to apply and enroll within 60 days of that event.

If you are currently on MassHealth and receive a Renewal Notice, it is important to enroll by the deadline noted in your letter from MassHealth or you may experience time without health insurance.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call PACE at 508-999-9920.


You May Qualify for Help Paying For Coverage Through Programs Like MassHealth or a ConnectorCare Plan

If you think you qualify for a subsidy, you can apply at any time, even outside the open enrollment period. For those who do not need financial assistance to pay for health insurance, there are some conditions, known as qualifying events, that allow people to apply for insurance, such as having a new baby or experiencing a change in your employer-sponsored insurance.

Financial subsidy is based on income, and generally anyone who makes less than 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level is eligible for subsidy. That means anyone making less than $45,960 a year, or a family of four earning $94,200 or less can qualify for subsidies.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call PACE at 508-999-9920.


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