Commonwealth Care Extended until March 31, 2014

The state announced on November 14th that those Massachusetts residents who currently have Commonwealth Care  insurance will now have until March 31, 2014 to transition to ConnectorCare, the new lower-cost health coverage available under national health reform through the Massachusetts Health Connector website. Individuals who are now insured by Commonwealth Care and are eligible for MassHealth on December 31, 2013 will be automatically converted and will not be affected by this extension.

health insurance_MassLeagueTo ensure that Massachusetts residents are aware of the new Affordable Care Act and the need for action to continue coverage,  the Massachusetts Health Connector, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) have sponsored a state and citywide campaign to alert citizens of health insurance changes and to direct them to the appropriate assistance.  In Boston, the Mayor’s Health Line is the best available resource, with trained Navigators to help answer questions and assist in the transition. On November 19 advertisements began appearing in local English- and Spanish-language newspapers, including the Dorchester Reporter, the Jamaica Plain Gazette and El Mundo, among others highlighting the Health Line. Starting in December advertisements will also appear on MBTA buses.

In addition to print advertising, BPHC is also using Twitter to spread the word about health insurance enrollment options and the Mayor’s Health Line. Check out BPHC’s Twitter page and look out for hash tags like #MHL, #GetCovered and #ACA for more information.

The Mayor’s Health Line has also planned 55 outreach events around Boston with partners like libraries and MHL_Twittercommunity health centers. At outreach events certified navigators are on hand to enroll individuals and families for health insurance. For public events, all Massachusetts residents are welcome – attendees do NOT need to be Boston residents.

Partners include:

  • Homeless Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Boston Public Housing
  • Boston Public Library
  • Faith-based Organizations

There are still a number of public outreach events left in December. Check the BPHC Twitter page for times and locations of all enrollment and educational events.

If you have questions about health insurance, and the new health insurance policy, call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 / Toll-Free: 1-800-847-0710. The Mayor’s Health Line offers services to help you understand, apply, and enroll in the expanded health coverage.