Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017
LAWRENCE - The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. will be available to sign up and re-enroll residents for health insurance starting Nov. 1.
Open enrollment for plans available next year under the federal Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 1, 2017 through Jan. 23, 2018.
“If you or someone you know doesn’t have health insurance, now is the time to sign up,’’ said Evelyn Friedman, GLCAC’s Executive Director.
Open enrollment is also a time for existing customers to shop around to make sure they have the right plan before re-enrolling for the new year.
“Applying and picking a plan can be a confusing process,’’ Friedman said. “GLCAC is available to help find an affordable plan that works for you and your family.’’
GLCAC has been designated an official Navigator by the Massachusetts Health Connector and will be open during the week and one Saturday a month to help residents gain access to health care coverage.
The Health Connector is a state-based health insurance marketplace for Massachusetts individuals, families, and small businesses.
Massachusetts leads the nation in insured rate, with 97.5 percent of the state covered, according to the U.S. Census, yet there are still some residents without insurance.
According to the Massachusetts Health Connector, the three main groups that account for those still uninsured are ethnic populations, particularly Latino men, those who have left a job or are losing coverage from work and people moving into Massachusetts from other places.
Call GLCAC at (978) 620-4784 to set up an appointment with a Navigator staff member.
Walk-in hours are also available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 305 Essex St. 2nd Floor, Lawrence. The office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 18, Dec. 16 and Jan. 20.
Appointments are recommended to reduce wait times.
GLCAC is a multi-faceted social services agency that assisted 31,702 individuals in 2016 through a range of programs including early childhood education, fuel assistance, WIC nutrition assistance, immigration services, lead poisoning prevention, child abuse prevention, English-language lessons, and consumer protection.