PACE Health Access provides outreach and health insurance 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 supplemental programs, Medicaid, and retiree medical insurance.
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.
Choosing a Medicare Plan?
The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program provides free health insurance information and counseling to all Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. People who have Medicare or who are about to become eligible for Medicare can meet with a counselor to learn about benefits and options available.
PACE's SHINE counselor will review programs that help people with limited income to pay health care costs.
For more information please call 508-999-9920.
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.
If you receive a letter and need assistance or if you need to apply for health insurance, please call PACE at 508-999-9920.
Access to Health Insurance is Still Available
You can apply and enroll in MassHealth insurance 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 Health Insurance Coverage Through Programs Like MassHealth or a ConnectorCare Plan
If you think you qualify for a health insurance 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.
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