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Navigator Programs Receive State Grants

HUNTINGTON, Mass. (WGGB) – Many Americans are confused about their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.

But as we found out, the state is invested in helping residents navigate the system.

Although 97% of people in Massachusetts already have health insurance, Obamacare could mean significant changes — some of which may surprise you.

“The last thing we want is come January 1st, the vast majority of the population here, over 97%, some of them are going to lose coverage,” explained Jean Yang, Executive Director of Massachusetts Health Connector.

Effective December 31st, Commonwealth Care will end.

That’s why Nationwide Navigator Programs are being established.

Ten centers have been designated as Navigators in Massachusetts, that includes three here in the western part of the state.

One of those centers is the Hilltown Community Healthcare Center in Huntington, which recently received a grant for almost $50,000 from the Health Connector to put towards their program.

“We are very thrilled at the Health Center to have been awarded one of the Navigator grants,” said Edward Sayer, the Executive Director of the center.

“It’s a real opportunity to enroll Americans and especially Americans in the hill towns in the Affordable Care Act options and to get everybody the healthcare that I think everybody deserves.”

Navigators will do outreach to inform people of the changes that will happen because of Obamacare.

They’ll also be available to individuals and small business owners to help them understand what those changes will mean and what the coverage options will be.

Whether your insured through your employer, you have Commonwealth Care, MassHealth or Medicade, chances are your insurance will be changing.

Luckily this Navigator program can help you navigate the system.

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