Priscilla Jackett, Healthcare Access Specialist at the Provincetown Health Center
Do you need access to affordable Health Insurance?
We Can Help.
The Healthy Connections program is free and confidential providing outreach, enrollment, and post enrollment services to eligible members of our community, connecting them to publically funded health coverage and other necessary social services.
Our goal is to work in partnership with state agencies, communities, and human service providers to improve the health and well-being of those living and working on the Lower and Outer Cape.
Available at all three health centers and in Orleans. See below for locations.
We can help you file an application for state subsidized health insurance programs such as MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, Health Safety Net (see additional information below), Children’s Medical Security Plan, and Healthy Start.
If you do not have health insurance coverage or have lost your state insurance coverage, Healthy Connections may be able to help. We also can assist with the SNAP application, formally known as food stamps, the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program application, and Commonwealth Choice.
We act as a resource and will connect you to local community service agencies for fuel assistance, short-term financial assistance, and food pantries. Our Financial Assistance Counselors provide free, safe, and confidential services at four different sites, located in Orleans,Harwich, Wellfleet, and Provincetown.
Healthy Connections is here to help you and your family. Click Healthy-Connections for more detailed information and a printable or downloadable guide
Healthy Connections Office
79 Finlay Rd #2
Orleans, MA 02653
Wellfleet Health Center
3130 Route 6
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Provincetown Health Center
49 Harry Kemp Way
Provincetown, MA 02756
Harwich Community Health Center
269 Chatham Rd
Harwich, MA 02645
Healthy Connections receives partial funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of
Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid Health Care Reform.
Considerations for Health Safety Net Patients or Low-Income Non-Residents
The Provider’s Reader’s Digest
Health Safety Net (HSN) is available to all uninsured patients living and/or working in Massachusetts regardless of immigration status who are not eligible for Commonwealth Care. HSN is only available at community health centers and public hospitals in MA. It is not accepted at private practices, for ambulatory care or for VNA services. Patients must apply through Healthcare Access Specialists.
FULL HSN Coverage
Full HSN covers all services provided at OCHS, except for family planning supplies. OCHS has an agreement with Quest to write-off 100% of the lab fees for patients enrolled in Full HSN. Radiology fees and most specialty professional fees and services at Beth Israel Deaconess can be billed through that hospital’s HSN. A pharmacy benefit is available at the 340B Pharmacy in Wellfleet on or after July 1, 2011.
Cape Cod Hospital’s contracted physicians’ professional fees, including the ER, are NOT billable to the HSN and are the responsibility of the patient. Facility services provided by CCH are billable to HSN through the hospital.
PARTIAL HSN Coverage
At OCHS, patient pays $28 co-pay for our services.
At the OCHS onsite Quest labs, patient pays between 20% -80% of the full cost of labs, depending on income. A ZZ code listed as a secondary insurance describes level of co-pay (e.g. ZZ20= patient pays 20%) or Healthcare Access Specialists can advise you on a particular patient.
At MA Hospitals, patient is subject to a deductible. Healthcare Access Specialists or Referral staff can advise you. Once the deductible is met, patient would become Full HSN.
OCHS offers an in-house discount for low-income visitors to our health centers for acute visits only. It is only applicable to our services. There is no discount for Quest or radiology readings.
“Free Care Pending” status means an application has been filed. OCHS can usually accurately predict the outcome given income documentation. Coverage is retroactive to 10 days prior to date application is filed.
Patients who have no insurance listed and indicate concerns about costs should be directed to Healthcare Access Specialists within 5 days of service to receive potential retroactive coverage.
Patient with no insurance listed may have insurance that we do not file to, but fully reimbursable and billable by Quest.
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