The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance provides health insurance assistance through the Medical Security Program for residents of the Commonwealth who are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Massachusetts is the only state in the nation to offer a health care plan for unemployment insurance claimants, by providing assistance with the cost of existing health insurance premiums or by covering the cost of actual medical expenses.
If you are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits in Massachusetts, you should find out if you and your family (spouse, any children up to their 26th birthday or disabled children regardless of age) may also be eligible for health insurance coverage under the Medical Security Program (MSP) by calling the Program at 1-800-908-8801.
Important Information: MSP will no longer be available as of December 31, 2013
Due to changes in state and federal law, MSP will no longer be available to claimants as of December 31, 2013.
- In order to have health coverage beginning January 1, 2014, you must apply for a new health insurance plan.
- You can apply for a new plan beginning on October 1, 2013. This means that even if you are currently enrolled in MSP, beginning October 1, 2013 you will need to apply for health insurance coverage that would begin on January 1, 2014.
- As long as you remain otherwise eligible, your MSP coverage will continue through December 31, 2013.
- It is important that you apply for a new plan and pay your first premium prior to December 23, 2013 to avoid any break in your health insurance coverage.
The pamphlet has information about enrollment and general information about your upcoming transition. For more information on how to apply, please call the Massachusetts Health Connector at 1-877-MA ENROLL (1-877-623-6765) or visit www.MAHealthConnector.org.