Massachusetts Commonwealth Care has “ceased to exist,” as of Tuesday, October 1, 2013. While the state transitions into the Affordable Care Act Model, also referred to as “Obamacare,” coverage for those enrolled in Commonwealth Care will continue until the end of the year. The 200,000 folks enrolled in Commonwealth Care will need to choose new a plan before 2014 rolls around.
According to Mass Live on Oct 1, the Massachusetts Health Connector has been "tweaked to conform with Obamacare," but most won't notice the difference. The new Health Connector went live today. James Kessler, vice president and general counsel of Springfield-based Health New England, said the state is used to having this model in the state and they are used to making changes.
Jason Lefferts, director of Communications for the Commonwealth Health Connector said members of Commonwealth Care insurance programs, such as BMC HealthNet, Neighborhood Health, Network Health and others, will need to choose one of these new health insurance plans during the open enrollment, according to The Patriot Ledger.
That open enrollment is going on now, but the new health insurance you choose won’t go into effect until January 1, 2014. The insurance you have today through the Commonwealth Health Connector will continue to cover you until the end of the year.
The state expects to notify the people covered under the insurance plans, like Commonwealth Care, by mail, email and/or phone to remind them to choose a new plan, which the Commonwealth Health Connector website will offer.
If you are confused, you are not alone as people across this nation have no idea what to expect from this new “Obamacare” package which is mandated and not an option. Some states have seen their websites crash as people flood the websites checking out what this new Affordable Care Act is offering.
The bottom line is that the approximate 200,000 people in Massachusetts who use the state’s Commonwealth Care programs for their subsidized health insurance will need to choose a new plan by the end of this year. Right now, all is the same with your insurance coverage.