The Open Enrollment period in Massachusetts for getting (and keeping) ACA insurance coverage runs through Jan. 23, and CHP can help. Making an in-person appointment with a CHP application counselor is the easiest way to get–and keep–your health insurance in 2020, whether or not you are a CHP patient.
In Massachusetts, well over 95 percent of residents have health insurance. But each year, residents covered by a Massachusetts Health Connector Plan (ACA, or Obamacare) must re-enroll in their existing plans or pick a new one. Those with no coverage must apply for a plan, or face a state tax penalty.
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 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 2020 to enroll. or you are at risk of a tax penalty. 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 to bring along certain paperwork –most importantly, your most recent tax returns, identification and other documentation, including proof of residency, such as a lease or utility bill (if you have this).
Don’t delay — appointments fill up in advance. For those already enrolled, make sure there is no lapse in your existing coverage. If you apply in time your insurance will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
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