By law, Massachusetts residents must have health care coverage, but sometimes people need a little push.
The Caring Health Center serves a multi-cultural community in Greater Springfield.
The health center hosted a health and culture fair where its patients learned that the health connector’s high rate of participation needs to be constantly maintained.
“I don’t know if people realize that this a lot of people coming in and out of jobs, people have changed life’s circumstances, new family members so it’s not like a 97 percent that keeps going,” said Health Connector Executive Director Louis Gutierrez.
A Nepal dance performance underscored the many cultures that make up the “Caring Health Center’s” patient population.
Volunteers provided them with vital information about the Massachusetts health coverage, but ultimately personnel known as health connector navigators deal directly with patients insurance concerns.
“It’s something so important and we want to make sure how important it is to have access to health insurance,” said Health Connector Navigator, Lydia Sanchez.
The current open enrollment period runs through January 23rd, and Health Connector advocates are stressing how an unexpected illness can create financial hardship to the uninsured, and families need to take steps to be prepared.