Open enrollment for health insurance in Mass. starts November 1st

22News explains how you can apply or shop for new coverage this year

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)-  Open enrollment starts November 1st and it’s the time of year when anyone without health insurance can get coverage.

State and local leaders met at Court Square in Springfield Tuesday to bring attention to the upcoming start of open enrollment for health insurance in Massachusetts.   State Representative Angelo Puppolo said, “Not only is it mandated obviously by law, but it’s important to know your options and know your best choices.”

The state agency that people can shop for and buy health insurance through-Massachusetts Health Connector-visited Springfield as part of it’s statewide tour to discuss the benefits of signing up. One of the biggest drawing factors for signing up through MassHealth Connector is that you are never going to pay more than a $15 co-pay and there are no deductibles.

Using residents can compare premiums and benefits of plans available.

The Massachusetss Health Connector Chief Operating Officer, Vicky Coates told 22News, “We have 250,000 people covered we still want more.” Massachusetts still has 4% uninsured and it can be for a variety of reasons. “Sometimes they think it won’t be affordable, that they can’t afford it, and actually between low cost options that our insurers have put forward and our Connector plan with state subsidies and federal tax dollars, we think we have options for almost anyone,” Coates said.

Locations to sign up and offer help include the Caring Health Center in Springfield where Cassidy Hayes works, “We have a team of six navigators that assist consumers and small businesses and families with health insurance coverage, eligiblity and other questions.”

Massachusetts Health Connectors tag line this year is Stop, Shop, Enroll. Stop-update your account, shop-figure out the right one for you, and enroll by December 23rd for January 1st coverage.