Health insurance

New Bedford businesses help promote health insurance enrollment

NEW BEDFORD – Between eating a bite to eat, dropping off the laundry or getting a haircut, residents will have plenty of opportunities to learn more about purchasing affordable health insurance as they walk across Acushnet Avenue.

Over the next several months, Navigators at the Massachusetts Health Connector are encouraging residents to sign up for health plans like MassHealth or ConnectorCare. Open enrollment runs until January 23 and the coverage deadline to start the New Year is December 23.

Signs promoting health insurance with QR codes to register are displayed at various businesses along Acushnet Avenue. “It’s great for us to be so welcomed in an area like this, where people are more likely to be uninsured,” said Jason Lefferts, director of communications and outreach for Massachusetts Health. Connector.

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A secondary benefit of increasing COVID vaccination rates

By saturating the community with opportunities to purchase insurance, Lefferts said the message could also lead to increased COVID-19 vaccination rates, although the COVID-19 vaccine is free regardless of health insurance. Lefferts said that over the past two years he has observed a correlation between traditionally higher uninsured populations with higher COVID-19 rates and lower vaccination rates.

“We want everyone to get vaccinated,” he said.

Lefferts said having health insurance means easier and cheaper doctor visits than the cost of a walk-in emergency room.

Commercial health care plans are offered at free or low rates. Lefferts said low-income residents may be eligible for ConnectorCare Premium, which offers low co-payments between $ 10 and $ 15 at most.

In-person health care registration sites

Signage is displayed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, with some even offering QR scan codes for easy access with a smartphone. Physical leaflets are also available.

Mariners are available for in-person assistance at PACE at 166 William St. as well as at Fishing Partnership Support Services at 398 County St. They sit with residents to help them start and complete requests to choose the right one. best suited health care plan. As the busiest registration period for registrations is fast approaching, Lefferts encourages residents to make an appointment with mariners now. For current members, he always encourages them to drop by to make sure they are where they are supposed to be with their current plans.

“We want to make more help available for more people,” said Lefferts.

To access affordable health care plans, visit mahealthconnector.org for more information.

Information signs are posted at the following locations:

  • A&A Restaurant Supply, 1204 Acushnet Avenue
  • The Breakfast Klub, 1232 Acushnet Avenue
  • Int. Guatemala Acc. Music and Fashion, 1273 Acushnet Ave
  • Elite Cleaners, 1266 Acushnet Avenue
  • Lucy’s Part Store & Accessories, 1427 Acushnet Avenue
  • Union Fruit Market, 1437 Acushnet Avenue
  • Our Lady of Angels Band Inc, 1446 Acushnet Avenue
  • Unisex Copacabana Hairstyles, 1455 Acushnet Avenue
  • Elizabeth’s Restaurant, 1461 Acushnet Avenue
  • Sportswear for boys and girls, 1515 Acushnet Avenue
  • Crown Fried Chicken, 1570 Acushnet Avenue
  • Friendly Liqueurs, 1567 Acushnet Avenue
  • Hairdressing salon El Mejor Estilo, 1584, avenue Acushnet
  • Incognito Bistro & Lounge, 1606 Acushnet Avenue
  • Lico Electronics, 1612 Acushnet Avenue
  • Expo’s III, 1643, avenue Acushnet
  • Charlie’s, 1648 Acushnet Avenue
  • Uncut Barber Shop, 1709 B Acushnet Avenue
  • Whalers Seafood, 1719 Acushnet Avenue
  • Glass slipper, 1721 Acushnet Avenue

Standard-Times editor Kerri Tallman can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @kerri_tallman for links to recent articles.

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