Mass Health Connector Kicks Off Tour on SouthCoast

NEW BEDFORD — In SouthCoast and Cape Cod, about 5.5 percent to 6 percent of people are uninsured, compared to the state’s 3 percent, according to Jason Lefferts, spokesman for the Massachusetts Health Connector.

“We want to fix that. It is a priority for us,” he said. People who are uninsured tend to be multicultural young men, he said.

The Massachusetts Health Connector kicked off its three-week statewide tour Tuesday prior to open enrollment which starts Nov. 1. After Brockton and Fall River, stops included the New Bedford Cable Network to record a public service announcement and the Coastal Foodshed mobile farm stand on Brock Avenue to distribute signs in English and Portuguese.

Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 through Jan. 23 for those without health insurance to sign up for coverage and Health Connector members to shop for the best plan. The Health Connector will offer 57 plans from nine carriers.

For help on getting covered or shopping for a new plan, people can visit People Acting in Community Endeavors (PACE) at 166 Williams St. and Fishing Partnership Support Services at 38 Bethel St., both in New Bedford.

Recently, the two organizations received funding for people to serve as navigators. Fishing Partnership Support Services got $100,000 for seven individuals to serve as navigators, providing assistance in English, Portuguese and Italian. PACE received $97,513 for four navigators, providing assistance in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Creole.

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Josh Amaral

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