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Operations Interns – Summer 2018

The Health Connector’s Operations Team is seeking two interns to join the team for the summer of 2018.  These individuals will participate in ongoing operational activities with particular focus on the Health Connector’s new small business platform. The Operations Interns will have responsibility for: Supporting the small group business team operations and sales team Researching inquires and polices related to the small business platform Working directly with small business platform vendors regarding implementation Conducting surveys of small businesses that shop through the Health Connector Qualifications: Strong MS Office Suite skills, including but not limited to Excel and PowerPoint Interest in healthcare reform and healthcare operations Strong research skills Ability to work in a team setting Ability to take initiative and work independently on projects Education: College senior or graduate student in public health preferred Salary: This is a paid internship. Length of Internship: June-August 2018 (minimum of 20 hours a week for each position, but preferably 40 hours a week) About the Connector: The Health Connector is an independent state authority that has been designated as the official Massachusetts health benefits Exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. In addition to overseeing the implementation of both state and federal health reform, the Connector is committed to enhancing the experience, services and health insurance products for individuals and small businesses shopping through the Exchange. The Connector is also responsible for overseeing policy and regulations geared toward furthering the goals of health reform. More information about the Connector and its programs is available at www.MAhealthconnector.org. [...]

2018-04-19T10:22:30+00:00 Thursday, April 19th, 2018|

Health Connector IT Implementation Intern

The Health Connector is seeking an intern to join the team for Summer 2018 to assist its Information Technology activities. This individual will participate in activities related to the Health Connector’s Open Enrollment period, as well as the ongoing implementation of new functionality. The IT Implementation Intern will have responsibilities for: Supporting the Information Technology (IT) team in all aspects of Open Enrollment (OE) preparation Assisting in the development and tracking of all activities related to IT activities, including carrier enrollment testing, deployment of new functionality to production, and improving user experience (UX) Assisting in the coordination of internal and external meetings related to IT activities Assisting Release Management efforts by ensuring that testing is comprehensive for all functional Releases by working collaboratively with colleagues as well as external state partners Assisting with the development and design of test cases, assist with oversight of testing progress, report on testing success/failure Assisting with the tracking of defects uncovered in testing and support efforts to prioritize these defects to be resolved in upcoming Releases Qualifications: Strong MS Office Suite skills, including – but not limited to – Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio Strong writing skills (Writing samples may be required) Experience with Redmine, JIRA, ALM, or SharePoint are a plus, but not required Interest and education focused on health care, health reform, the ACA, Exchanges, health insurance, etc. Interest and education in Information Technology (IT), including software design, testing, and defect management Ability to work independently and collaboratively, as required Previous internship/work [...]

2018-04-19T10:19:20+00:00 Thursday, April 19th, 2018|

Policy Analyst

The Policy Analyst will be responsible for coordinating and conducting an array of policy analyses and initiatives in support of Health Connector programs. The Policy Analyst will serve as a subject matter expert on Health Connector plans and programs, specializing in researching complex issues, crafting potential solution options, and recommending policy actions. In this capacity, the Policy Analyst will play a key role in the Health Connector’s offering of health and dental products to more than 250,000 individuals and small business employees throughout Massachusetts. This full-time exempt position will report to the Deputy Chief of Policy and Strategy, with opportunities to interact with a variety of teams and senior leadership. Essential Functions: Conduct analysis to support the Health Connector in its efforts to meet member needs, maintain a competitive health insurance market, and reach coverage-vulnerable populations Manage select policy projects, leading work product development and coordinating other staff or vendors to achieve key deliverables Develop subject matter expertise in Health Connector plans and programs as well as the broader Massachusetts insurance market Assist in reviewing state and national federal policy developments, analyzing their implications for Health Connector members Assist in the development of policy proposals and analysis for Health Connector leadership, Board of Directors, and others Assist in translating policy information into stakeholder outreach and engagement plans Assist in translating policy information into implementation and operational strategies Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required; prefer a graduate degree in relevant field (e.g., MPH, MPP, MPA, MSW, MBA, JD, etc.) Applied Public policy and/or [...]

2018-03-27T14:15:32+00:00 Tuesday, March 27th, 2018|

Turning 26?

Are you turning 26 soon and still on your parent’s health insurance policy?  Did you know that you will need to take action or you may no longer have health insurance? Don’t worry, you have options! Turning 26 triggers a special enrollment period that allows you to enroll in new health insurance coverage a within 60-days of your birthday. Get coverage from your job If you have a job that offers insurance, you can enroll in that coverage as turning 26—known as aging out—is considered a qualifying life event and will enable you to enroll in job-based coverage outside of your job’s open enrollment period. Get covered through your school If you are a college student, you may be able to enroll in a student health insurance plan through your school. Find out more Apply for coverage through the Health Connector When you apply for coverage through the Health Connector, you could be eligible for subsidies to help lower the cost of health insurance. Also, depending on your household size, income, and other factors, you may be eligible for MassHealth (Medicaid) coverage. By apply for coverage through the Health Connector, you can see if you are eligible for coverage through the Health Connector or MassHealth without needing to complete a separate application. Get started now → Get help applying → Do I qualify for help paying for health insurance costs? If you’re not your parent’s tax dependent when you lose coverage you may be eligible for savings if you qualify based [...]

2018-03-19T12:57:43+00:00 Monday, March 19th, 2018|

Health Insurance Words to Know

Not really sure what an HMO really is? Do you only “Kinda, sorta” understand deductibles? Health insurance seems to have a language of its own and you want to be sure you’re choosing the right plan. Here, we’ll try to help you by explaining some of the most common terms you’ll see while you’re shopping for insurance. Co-insurance If a health care service has co-insurance, you pay a percentage (part) of the cost for that service. Usually, you start to pay co-insurance after you meet your deductible. It is not a fixed cost like a co-pay. The amount you pay depends on the total cost of the service. Co-pay A fixed price you pay when you get certain health care services. Not all services require a co-pay. Deductible The total amount you must pay in a plan year before your plan will pay for part or all of your services. Some services may not have a deductible. They may be free or just have a co-pay, even though you haven’t met the deductible yet. HMO HMO stands for Health Maintenance Organization. If you choose a plan that is an HMO, you must use in-network providers in order to get your services covered. If you go to an out-of-network provider, the plan won’t cover the cost of your care, except in an emergency. If you enroll in [...]

2018-03-19T12:46:58+00:00 Monday, March 19th, 2018|

Health Connector for Business, New England Business Association Announce Partnership to Deliver Health Insurance Benefits to Massachusetts Small Businesses

BOSTON – March 1, 2018 – The Massachusetts Health Connector for Business and the New England Business Association announced today a partnership that will make it easier for Massachusetts small businesses to access the affordable health insurance options created by Health Connector for Business. The new partnership creates a statewide visibility and access partnership that will make it easy for New England Business Association members to access Health Connector for Business and provide health insurance to employees. The agreement is the first of its kind for Health Connector for Business, which unveiled a new online experience in November 2017 that created an easy-to-use platform offering savings to business owners and plan choice to employees. “We are excited by this partnership with the New England Business Association, which will make it easier for thousands of small employers to access health insurance through Health Connector for Business,” said Massachusetts Health Connector Executive Director Louis Gutierrez. “Through the new platform, employers can quickly determine their costs and benefits for the year, while offering their employees the flexibility to pick their own plan from a range of health insurers for the first time ever in the Massachusetts small group market.” “Small business owners are keenly aware of the costs associated with health care benefits and yet also understand how important this benefit is to attract new employees and to develop a culture of employee satisfaction,” said New England Business Association President and Chief Executive Officer Karim Hill. “This partnership will dramatically change the way [...]

2018-03-12T13:44:29+00:00 Thursday, March 1st, 2018|Tags: , |

Health insurance words to know

Not really sure what an HMO really is? Do you only “Kinda, sorta” understand deductibles? Health insurance seems to have a language of its own and you want to be sure you’re choosing the right plan. Here, we’ll try to help you by explaining some of the most common terms you’ll see while you’re shopping for insurance. Co-insurance If a health care service has co-insurance, you pay a percentage (part) of the cost for that service. Usually, you start to pay co-insurance after you meet your deductible. It is not a fixed cost like a co-pay. The amount you pay depends on the total cost of the service. Co-pay A fixed price you pay when you get certain health care services. Not all services require a co-pay. Deductible The total amount you must pay in a plan year before your plan will pay for part or all of your services. Some services may not have a deductible. They may be free or just have a co-pay, even though you haven’t met the deductible yet. HMO HMO stands for Health Maintenance Organization. If you choose a plan that is an HMO, you must use in-network providers in order to get your services covered. If you go to an out-of-network provider, the plan won’t cover the cost of your care, except in an emergency. If you enroll in [...]

2018-02-09T17:33:18+00:00 Friday, February 9th, 2018|

Massachusetts Health Connector completes successful Open Enrollment with stable membership, providing affordable, quality coverage to 250,000 members

BOSTON – February 8, 2018 – The Massachusetts Health Connector finished Open Enrollment on Jan. 23 with stable membership, despite premium increases that occurred as a result of federal policy changes just weeks before the start of Open Enrollment. As of Feb. 1, the Health Connector had 252,786 people in health coverage for February enrollments, compared to 246,831 as of Feb. 1 last year. In October, less than a month before the start of Open Enrollment, the Health Connector and the Division of Insurance allowed carriers to use increased premiums for some Silver tier plans sold through the Health Connector, in order to maintain market stability in the face of the federal government’s decision to stop making cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to carriers. That decision meant that many unsubsidized Health Connector members faced premium increases averaging 26 percent higher than 2017.  The Health Connector encouraged shopping for less expensive plans on the exchange, and also assisted members who chose to leave the exchange for similar, lower-cost plans through their carrier. “Our goal every Open Enrollment is to expand access to affordable coverage to people who do not have health insurance, and to ensure that our current members are able to maintain quality coverage that best suits their needs,” said Louis Gutierrez, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector. We were able to not only help thousands of people get new health insurance through the Health Connector, but also help tens of thousands of others maintain coverage, even if it [...]

2018-02-08T16:42:57+00:00 Thursday, February 8th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Join the Massachusetts Health Connector for a “Day of Coverage” January 18, 2018

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the Massachusetts Health Connector is embarking on a one-day, multi-city tour that includes stops at six locations across the Commonwealth to remind Massachusetts residents there is still time to get 2018 health coverage before the last day of Open Enrollment, which is January 23. Teams from the Health Connector with Archipelago Strategies Group, Navigator organizations, local businesses, and local health care leaders and will be hitting the road visiting 6 locations around the state as part of the "Day of Coverage" to remind Massachusetts residents that there's still time to get health insurance for 2018. The tour is days away from the January 23, 2018 deadline to enroll in coverage through the Health Connector that starts February 1, 2018. At each stop, the teams will be speaking with local residents, placing enrollment signs at local businesses, and answer questions about the benefits of getting health insurance through the Health Connector that includes ConnectorCare, which provides plans with low premiums and co-pays, and no deductibles, to those who qualify. Plus, there is a free Open Enrollment event in Lawrence with Navigator organization Greater Lawrence Community Action Council (GLCAC) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. where residents can sign up for coverage with an enrollment expert. See more details below. Here's where we'll be throughout the day on January 18th. We hope you'll join us, or help spread the word. Day of Coverage Locations & Times Quincy Quincy Center Red Line MBTA Station TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 [...]

2018-01-17T22:27:28+00:00 Wednesday, January 17th, 2018|

Join the Massachusetts Health Connector for a “Day of Coverage” December 18, 2017

On Monday, December 18, 2017, the Massachusetts Health Connector is embarking on a one-day, multi-city tour that includes stops at six locations across the Commonwealth to remind Massachusetts residents there is still time to get 2018 health coverage. Teams from the Health Connector with Archipelago Strategies Group, Navigator organizations, local businesses, and local health care leaders and will be hitting the road visiting 6 locations around the state as part of the "Day of Coverage" to remind Massachusetts residents that there's still time to get health insurance for 2018. The tour is days away from the December 23, 2017 deadline to enroll in coverage through the Health Connector that starts January 1, 2018. At each stop, the teams will be speaking with local residents, placing enrollment signs at local businesses, and answer questions about the benefits of getting health insurance through the Health Connector that includes ConnectorCare, which provides plans with low premiums and co-pays, and no deductibles, to those who qualify. Plus, there is a free Open Enrollment event in Fall River with Navigator organization SSTAR Family HealthCare Center from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where residents can sign up for coverage with an enrollment expert. See more details below. Here's where we'll be throughout the day on December 18th. We hope you'll join us, or help spread the word. Day of Coverage Locations & Times Dorchester Field’s Corner Red Line MBTA Station, Dorchester TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. A team will be handing out coffee, donuts, and [...]

2017-12-18T02:03:55+00:00 Monday, December 18th, 2017|