Free/Affordable Health Care
Boston Medical Center HealthNet plan
Individuals and families meeting income guidelines receive free or low cost hospitalization, doctor's visits, mental health, prescription medicines & clinical tests.
Members should call:
888-566-0010 (English and other languages)
1-800-421-1220 (Hearing impaired – ask to be connected to the Member Services Call Center)
Non-Members should call:
Health insurance for working disabled adults and children under 18
800-841-2900 (Customer Service Center)
Health Care for All - Health Helpline
Health Care For All is dedicated to making quality and affordable health care accessible to everyone in Massachusetts. They seek to educate Massachusetts residents about the health care system and encourage them to join in changing it.
Insurance for eligible pregnant women and referrals to health care and other services; provides one pediatric exam for newborn baby; all immigrants eligible
MassHealth State Program (within the Dept. of Health & Human Services
formerly called Medicaid)
The MassHealth program provides comprehensive health insurance-or help in paying for private health insurance-to nearly one million Massachusetts children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Referrals to local health centers and information about free or reduced-cost health care; open to all immigrants
Medical Security Plan
Program that provides health insurance to individuals and their families who receive unemployment benefits
For low-income seniors and disabled persons who have no pharmacy coverage, have exhausted other drug benefits, are not receiving MassHealth and have excessive drug costs
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Depression After Delivery, Inc.
is a national, nonprofit organization which has provided support for women with antepartum and postpartum disorders (PPD) since 1985. Information is available only online.
La Leche League of Massachusetts
Telephone counseling on breastfeeding, new mothers' groups, and information on breast pump rentals and sales
617-323-3467/Boston - Janna
Massachusetts Family Planning Program
promotes and provides comprehensive family planning services, which include clinic-based services and may include community education and outreach. These services are targeted to low-income women, men, and adolescents.
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Emergency evaluations and treatment for persons having a mental health crisis
800-221-0053 (Mon - Fri; 9 am - 5 pm)
Massachusetts Psychiatric Society
Referrals to mental health providers
MGH (MA General Hospital) Center for Women's Mental Health
The Center for Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital provides state of the art evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function including premenstrual dysphoric (PMDD), pregnancy-associated mood disturbance, postpartum psychiatric illness and peri and post menopausal depression. Clinical care is complemented by research in each these areas ranging from studies of a spectrum of treatments for PMS, postpartum depression and depression in menopause to investigation of women who suffer from mood disorders during pregnancy.
National Mental Health Association
Referrals to mental health providers and information on mental health
800-433-5959 TTY Line
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Massachusetts Women's Health Network (WHN) (Within the MA Dept. of Public Health)
provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services, and health education services to low income, uninsured women at over 90 locations throughout the state. At some locations, women can also receive free cardiovascular risk factor screening, diabetes screening risk reduction education, and healthy lifestyle interventions.
877-414-4447 Toll Free Info Line
National Women's Health Information Center
Free health information
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Various Illness Hotlines
MDPH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control - Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention
Locations and hours of clinics that screen and treat sexually transmitted diseases; information on STDs
Information, referrals and support for HIV and AIDS-related issues
Anonymous HIV Testing
Information and referrals for HIV testing and needle exchange programs
Fenway Community Health Center
Works to improve the physical and mental health of their community, especially those who are traditionally underserved like lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, women, those living with HIV/AIDS, and communities of color.
Fenway Community Health offers free services like HIV counseling and testing, Hepatitis A & B vaccinations and linkage to medical care, treatment options, financial advisors and acupuncture detox.
888-242-0900 English & Spanish
American Cancer Society
Information on screening, free examinations, diagnostic services, treatment, and transportation
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Health Law Advocates, Inc.
Statewide consumer advocacy organization promoting health care for every person in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Insurance Hotline
Insurance Partnership (IP)
The Insurance Partnership (IP) is a great new program that can help small business owners and their employees pay for health insurance. It can even help those who are self-employed. Funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Insurance Partnership is not a health insurance plan. It's a way to make health insurance more affordable.
Massachusetts Division of Insurance, Consumer Help Line
617-521-7794/Boston Consumer Hotline
413-785-5526/Springfield Consumer Hotline
For MEDICARE issues contact:
Ensures the consistency and quality of care for both the Medicare and MassHealth (Medicaid) populations in Massachusetts.
For MEDICAID (MassHealth) issues contact:
Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance
Provides Medicaid-funded benefits to families, children, and adults with disabilities, and to senior citizens who meet eligibility requirements and who cannot otherwise afford health care.
800-445-6604 Customer Service Line
Medicaid Managed Care Recipient Line
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Compiled Summer 2005