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Project Management Intern

The Health Connector is seeking a project management intern to join the team for the summer of 2018. This individual will assist with current project management and process management activities. Key Responsibilities include: Planning, management and completion of all tasks and projects required to support the overall business. Partnering with stakeholders to define and monitor project parameters (timeline, resources and to establish a phased implementation strategy that meets Agency requirements). Creating of project plans, organizing project documentation and tracking of milestones for assigned projects. Preparing meeting agendas, write meeting notes, and monitor project timelines and deliverables on a proactive basis. Maintaining close communications with stakeholders to ensure that projects remain on schedule and appropriately resourced. Developing and publishing communications to project updates to stakeholders and senior management. Preparing and presenting oral and/or written project reports and presentations. Qualifications: Familiarity with project management methodologies, including product backlogs, prioritization, task management and status reporting Interest in continuous improvement initiatives, including Lean and Six Sigma Ability to cross reference ideas and concepts and document information for a range of audiences (detail vs. summary) Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization Working knowledge of MS Office, Visio and Project Other skills: Ability to work in a team environment Excellent written and verbal communication skills Detail oriented and possess excellent follow up skills Must be organized and work well with constant priority changes Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision Analytical/strategic thinker Ability to quickly learn new applications Education: Upcoming junior [...]

2018-06-08T17:31:28+00:00 Friday, June 8th, 2018|

May 17 is National Walnut Day

Why celebrate the humble walnut? In addition to walnuts being a tasty snack, they provide many important nutrients and health benefits such as a high level of vitamin E. Vitamin E aids in cardiovascular health. (Source) Walnuts also provide anti-inflammatory benefits which may help with diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and metabolic syndrome. Eating walnuts have also been linked to decreasing the risk of prostate and breast cancer, and—due to their omega-3 content—may help maintain a healthy blood pressure level. (Source) Interested in adding more walnuts to your diet? Walnuts are versatile and can be enjoyed with any meal. They can be added to salads, vegetables, fruits, smoothies, yogurt, and desserts. So, be sure to pick up some walnuts on your next grocery store trip. Need some meal ideas? Check out the American Heart Association website for more information on heart health benefits and meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Breakfast Breakfast Quinoa with Walnut Cream and Blueberries Walnut Whole-Wheat Pancakes Lunch Quinoa-Chicken Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Grapes and Arugula Apple and Walnut Chicken Salad with Green Salad Dinner Chicken, Walnut and Brown Rice Family Favorite Stir-Fry Turkey Medallions with Sweet Potato-Walnut Mash - Delicious Decisions Roasted Vegetables with Walnuts, Basil and Balsamic Vinaigrette Snacks Cranberry Walnut Biscotti Sweet & Spicy Walnuts Find more heart-healthy recipes at Heart.org →

2018-05-17T12:09:21+00:00 Thursday, May 17th, 2018|

Data Analytics Intern

The Health Connector’s Information Technology Team is seeking a data analytics intern to join the team for the summer of 2018. This individual will assist with developing deeper analysis and tools for internal solutions to specific business problems. Key Responsibilities include: Assisting the Data Analytics Team by performing data collection, data analysis, digital analysis and reporting of key measurements Assisting with analyzing and developing innovative new and/or existing process changes Managing Excel spreadsheets for data analysis to support various projects Building PowerPoint presentations and present insights from given analysis to leadership Participating in brainstorm sessions in the development of new solutions Qualifications: Minimum of 2nd year completed and currently enrolled in 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Business Management, Information Systems or related program of study Master’s degree candidates Strong computer skills; proficient in MS Office Suite, 1-2 years of Excel and PowerPoint experience Experience in SQL Server, SQL, data analytics, knowledge of data management/warehousing and Power BI preferred Other skills: Ability to work in a team environment Excellent written and verbal communication skills Detail oriented and possess excellent follow up skills Must be organized and work well with constant priority changes Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision Analytical/strategic thinker Ability to quickly learn new applications Ability to deal with ambiguity and the corresponding ability to quickly provide sound decisions and perform tasks with less than complete information Education: Minimum of 2nd year completed and currently enrolled in 3rd or 4th year of [...]

2018-05-10T18:38:09+00:00 Thursday, May 10th, 2018|

Web Marketing Intern – Summer 2018

The Health Connector is seeking an intern to join the team for Summer 2018 to assist its digital marketing and communications activities. This individual will participate in ongoing operational activities as well as implementation for the upcoming open enrollment period with a particular focus on web content development and social media marketing. Key responsibilities include: Assist the Associate Director of Web Marketing in planning for the 2018/2019 non-group open enrollment period. Assist with website and social media social content creation and campaign planning that includes developing a weekly editorial calendar for social media through developing a content strategy, story sharing, and influencer engagement that fits in to the larger marketing plan. Monitor messages and post replies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and our website to drive engagement with our consumers. Reviewing social media and web statistics and metrics and report findings to the team. Stay on top of social and web marketing trends in the health care space. Uploading, transcribing, and annotating videos and photos. Proofreading and editing website and social media content. Other marketing activities and projects as needed. Skills: Experience writing, proofreading, and editing content for the web Graphic design experience and knowledge of digital media software – Photoshop or other graphic design software, etc. is preferred Knowledge of social media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, blogs, etc. Familiarity with front-end web design, SEO, and content management (WordPress) is preferred Ability to create and upload Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube digital assets Knowledge of video editing software [...]

2018-04-27T12:32:32+00:00 Friday, April 27th, 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: , , |