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STATEMENT OF MAYDAD COHEN ON MASSACHUSETTS DEADLINE TO PAY FOR JANUARY 1, 2015 HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Press Release

Contact: Kim Haberlin 617-470-9686
Jason Lefferts 617-869-4894
Claire Cooper 617-921-6870

STATEMENT OF MAYDAD COHEN ON MASSACHUSETTS DEADLINE TO PAY FOR JANUARY 1, 2015 HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
 

BOSTON Tuesday, December 23, 2014 – Maydad Cohen released the following statement on the Massachusetts deadline to pay for January 1, 2015 health insurance coverage:

Given the heavy interest in signing up for Jan. 1, 2015 coverage, we will accept online and paper payments through Sunday, Dec. 28. We need to be very clear, however, that consumers must select and check out a plan by midnight tonight, Dec. 23. The plan selection deadline for Jan. 1 health insurance is immovable. However, if consumers complete that critical step, they can go online to pay, or ensure we receive a check, by midnight Dec. 28 and still be guaranteed Jan. 1 coverage. Providing a little extra time to make payments should help consumers and ensure we continue to successfully expand access to quality, affordable insurance to people who need it at the start of 2015. In addition to its normal Saturday hours of operation, the Health Connector’s call center will be open this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist consumers who decide to take advantage of the new payment window.

Due to the time it takes to process payments, people who mail a check between now and the receipt deadline of Dec. 28 may receive their health plan’s ID cards a few days after Jan. 1. However, their coverage will be in place for the start of the month.