During this year’s nationwide Open Enrollment period, through Jan. 23 in Massachusetts, applications for people seeking to get covered and stay covered by Obamacare insurance plans have surged. CHP’s enrollment counselors are handling big increases as well–and the are here to help.At CHP offices around the Berkshires our counselors are happy to assist you — whether or not you are a CHP patient.
In Massachusetts, 97.5% of residents have health insurance. But to get covered — and stay covered — with a subsidized plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) residents must sign up during Open Enrollment, from Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 23, 2018.
If you are already enrolled in a subsidized plan, you will have received reminder letters in the mail from the Massachusetts Health Connector, urging you to renew or update your plan. If you are confused by the multiple letters — or if you have trouble with the online application process, stop right now and ask for help! Community Health Programs enrollment experts are here to assist you at locations throughout Berkshire County.
If you are seeking new health insurance, now is the time to get coverage. If you delay beyond the Jan. 23, 2018 deadline, you may have to wait until November 2018 to enroll. Don’t let this happen to you, when health benefits are so close at hand.
Visit CHP’s Insurance Help page to find a CHP enrollment specialist near you. When you call your preferred location, you will be asked to make an appointment, and you will be asked bring along certain paperwork –most importantly, your 2016 tax returns, identification and other documentation.
Don’t delay — appointments fill up in advance. For those already enrolled, make sure make sure there is no lapse in your existing coverage. If you apply in time your insurance will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.
Unsure if you qualify for a subsidized plan? Here are the income guidelines: