Health Connector enrollment events held in Holyoke, Springfield

Health Connector reps traveling to cities with most uninsured residents

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -Massachusetts has the nation’s lowest uninsured rate for health insurance at 2.5 percent.

But it’s higher in cities with larger minority populations.

“Some people just grow up in poverty have a harder time than others, in the future maybe people can get their lives together,” said Monique Heard of Holyoke.

Holyoke is one city in Massachusetts where the number of uninsured people is higher.
Health Connector officials were here Monday educating businesses on a new low cost health insurance program.

“To help out the small businesses and see if they can find a common ground to pay less insurance for coverage and put more employees for the insurance,” said Fiore Santaniello, Owner of Capri Pizza.

Health Connector’s new small businesses health insurance plan is called “employee choice”, which provides employers and employees greater flexibility.

“The employer can select a benchmark plan and set the payments for it, but employees can pick a variety of plans  which doctor they prefer, how concerned they are about their health,” said Louis Gutierrez, Executive Director, of the Massachusetts Health Connector.

The Health Connector’s open enrollment period beings November 1st and ends January 23rd.
Gutierrez told 22News anyone is eligible, but the cost is less for family’s with lower incomes.

The Health Connector also visited three businesses on Main street in Springfield to inform them about the employee choice program.

Open Enrollment for 2018 begins November 1 and lasts through January 23, 2018. To showcase the importance of signing up for coverage, Health Connector officials are traveling to cities around the state with higher rates of uninsured residents.

Monday’s enrollment events were held at Capri Pizza and C-Town Supermarket in Holyoke and at Latino’s Kitchen, Cecilia’s Unisex Salon and the Puerto Rico Bakery in Springfield.

If you couldn’t make it to an enrollment event, click here for more information.

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