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October update: open enrollment & public charge webinar

2019 Open Enrollment.
Open enrollment in Mass. this year is Nov. 1, 2018 to Jan. 23, 2019. This is the time of year when people can buy individual (non-group) insurance on their own or change their non-group coverage for 2019. For people who were eligible for ConnectorCare but missed enrollment deadlines for 2018 coverage, it's another chance to enroll. And for all ConnectorCare members it's a time to check to see if they are still in the lowest cost plan or may want to change plans for 2019. 
One thing that may confuse ConnectorCare members is that Neighborhood Health Plan, has changed its name to AllWays Health Partners. It also changed its behavioral health vendor from Beacon to Optum. 
Posted here are two documents to pin to your bulletin board for 2019 Open Enrollment:
  • Updated MLRI federal poverty level Table showing the 2018 FPLs for ConnectorCare which will apply to eligibility determinations for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2019  through Dec. 2019, and
  • The Connector's map showing the premium charges for ConnectorCare by plan and by region for 2019.
Public Charge- Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign
See the attached document with more information & links about the proposed public charge rule, why it's bad for immigrants, their families and our community and what you can do about it.  Public Comment period open until Dec 10
Upcoming Events:

§  PIF-MA: How to Submit Comments 101 – Monday, October 29th from 12:00-12:45pm EST: This webinar will help you navigate the process of submitting comments. It is geared towards individuals and organizations that do not have extensive experience in submitting comments. In order to join the webinar, you must register here on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, we will continue to update you throughout the commenting period. 


PIF Campaign: Public Charge 101 Webinar – Wednesday, October 31 st from 1:00-2:00pm EST: The National PIF campaign will host a webinar that describes public charge policy today, how it would change under the DHS proposal, and what you need to know if you work with immigrant families. Register here.

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