What is Ecu-Health Care?
We are a private non-profit health coverage access program located in room 208 of the Doctor's Building on the campus of North Adams Regional Hospital. Our mission is to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of North Berkshire access affordable health care.
Ecu-Health Care is the designated outreach and enrollment site in northern Berkshire County for all of the Massachusetts public health programs and we also help residents enroll into all supplemental programs associated with Medicare. The programs we help residents access include: Commonwealth Care (ends 12/31/13), MassHealth, Commonwealth Choice (ends 12/31/13), The Children's Medical Security Plan, Medicare Part-D, Prescription Advantage for seniors and the disabled, the Medical Security Plan for the unemployed (ends 12/31/13), Medicare premium assistance, reduced fee dental care, and all prescription assistance programs.
Starting in October 2013 we will be helping area residents enroll into the new health coverage programs being implemented under the Affordable Care Act, including the new Qualified Health Plans. Income eligibility guidelines for certain MassHealth programs will be changing and some state health coverage programs will be replaced by the Qualified Health Plans. We encourage you to contact us to better understand how you will be affected.
Ecu-Health Care also provides financial counseling services for North Adams Regional Hospital, to insure that patients are both aware of, and enroll in all available public health programs.
Since sweeping health reform was implemented in 2006, thousands of North Berkshire residents are eligible to enroll in expanded health benefit programs. There is also the health insurance requirement whereby all Massachusetts residents age 18 and over are required to have health insurance.
Who We Serve
We serve all residents from North Adams and towns of Cheshire, Adams, Savoy, Florida, Clarksburg, Williamstown, and New Ashford. We also serve the residents Pownal, Stamford, and Readsboro, VT.
On staff we have trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) counselors, helping elders understand their health benefits and making sure they access all available health care programs they are eligible for. We will be assisting all Medicare beneficiaries both understand, and provide assistance in enrolling in Medicare drug benefit, called Medicare part-D.
We encourage everyone to call us at (413) 663-8711 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for prompt assistance.