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Did you know? Community Research Initiative is now AccessHealth MA!

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Financial Support: Comprehensive Health Insurance Initiative (CHII)

How can we help?

AccessHealth MA’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Initiative (CHII) can assist with paying the cost of health insurance premiums for eligible clients in our HIV Drug Assistance Program (HDAP). CHII helps clients enroll in and maintain insurance coverage or pay for their current insurance plan.

CHII can help pay for the following:
  • Private health insurance premiums 
  • Insurance premiums through the Massachusetts Health Connector
  • MassHealth premiums  
  • Medicare Part B, C, and D premiums 
  • COBRA premiums
  • Employee premium deductions 
  • Self-employed private insurance premiums 

CHII Frequently Asked Questions

People who are HIV positive and applying to HDAP can request CHII in their HDAP application  (as part of a new application or when recertifying). Clients who are already enrolled in HDAP can request assistance from CHII at any time during their enrollment in HDAP.

  • If you are applying to CHII to cover the cost of your premium, please include a copy of your most recent health insurance premium (bill) with your HDAP/CHII application, or fax it directly to us at 617.502.1703
  • To send your premium bill via email, please use our secure email system
  • If you are applying for assistance for your employee premium deductions (current employer-based insurance), please contact HDAP staff  for guidance

Find the application and instructions here

Yes, please complete the HDAP section and be sure to fill out the CHII section of the application. Include a copy of your most recent health insurance premium bill. 

Find the application and instructions here 

No, HDAP/CHII is a payer of last resort. If you are eligible for other entitlement programs which pay for medications (such as MassHealth or Medicare Part D), you must apply to and enroll in these programs. 

If you are applying for assistance with your employee premium deductions (current employer-based insurance), please contact HDAP Staff  for guidance. 

Contact AccessHealth MA’s BRIDGE Team (Benefits Resources Infectious Disease Guidance and Engagement) for assistance filling out the application. Send CHII a copy of the most recent health insurance premium bill, Attn: CHII Manager. CHII will then make the payment to the insurance provider on your behalf.

CHII can help pay for the following:
  • Private health insurance premiums 
  • Insurance premiums through the Massachusetts Health Connector
  • MassHealth premiums  
  • Medicare Part B, C, and D premiums 
  • COBRA premiums
  • Employee premium deductions 
  • Self-employed private insurance premiums 

I’m very appreciative of everything you and your coworkers have done for us in such a short time. It is rare to come across someone in a program such as yours that cares. It’s unheard of to find that everyone does. Thank you.

AccessHealth MA CHII Client

Meet the CHII Team

Daniel Starmer

CHII and Policy Senior Manager

Christine Meneely

Senior CHII Enrollment Specialist

Nicholas Paulo

HDAP/CHII Enrollment Specialist

How can we help?

BRIDGE Team Support

Navigating Insurance: BRIDGE to care

Our BRIDGE Team helps clients understand the complicated insurance landscape and choose the best option for their unique circumstances. The BRIDGE Team is skilled at addressing barriers to coverage and can help clients access all the services offered by AccessHealth MA.

Learn more about BRIDGE Support

Outreach and Training

View previous trainings or schedule a training with our BRIDGE team

The BRIDGE Team provides training to case managers, healthcare providers, and clients about insurance enrollment, as well as accessing our drug assistance programs.

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Tax Credits

Need help navigating Premium Tax Credits?

The Affordable Care Act provides tax credits to eligible individuals and families who are enrolled in health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector. These Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) are subsidies that lower the cost of your monthly health insurance premiums, which HDAP/CHII may have paid on your behalf.

Learn more about Premium Tax Credits

Resources and FAQs

Have Questions?

AccessHealth MA has many resources and helpful information for clients, case managers, social workers, and any other individuals who help those living with HIV access health insurance and drug payment assistance.

Resources & FAQs

Contact us

Reach out to us at anytime

If you have any questions about BRIDGE, their trainings and webinars, health insurance enrollment, or other HIV-related trainings, please contact our BRIDGE team.

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