You can also buy health insurance on your own, directly from licensed health insurance companies and HMOs. Know that Massachusetts law forbids these insurance companies to deny your application or charge you more because of your medical history.
Research Your Plan
Check out the health plan's information and appeal services. For example, is there a toll-free number available to members 24/7? Are the grievance and appeal procedures clearly described?
Research consumer complaints against the insurer. Check the insurance company's consumer complaint record with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Better Business Bureau. Health care reform has provided a new way to buy health insurance, through the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector.
Options for Massachusetts Residents
Lower income individuals may be eligible for subsidized premiums through the Commonwealth Care program.
The Commonwealth Choice program offers many different insurance plans for small businesses and individuals regardless of income.
You can find out more by visiting the Health Care Connector website or by calling (877) 623-6765
People with limited income and their children may also qualify for health coverage under one of many public programs such as:
- MassHealth (Medicaid)
- MassachusettsMedical Security Plan
- Children's Medical Security Plan
- Healthy Start
For information about these programs, including the eligibility requirements, call the MassHealth Customer Service Center at 800-841-2900.