[Parentsgroup-list] Mass Health, changes to Harvard Blue Cross policy

Chi-Kuo Hu ckhu at fas.harvard.edu
Sat Aug 5 14:21:41 EDT 2006

Based on my own experience, even the MassHealth is not restricted to US
citizen, F1 or F2 Visa holders are not qualified for it.  That is the main
reason listed on the letter why my wife and I got rejected.  
My 4-month old son is a citizen and granted the MassHealth.    Thanks for
the info from parents in this mailing-group, I transferred my son to the
premiums assistance program.  The MassHealth office is quite efficient
actually.  I faxed documents at 11am and got an email at 4pm telling me my
son is qualified and checks will be sent monthly.  I just got the check
Documents I faxed:  
1. Application form I got it from premiums assistance office's email, which
is a two-page form.
2. A letter from HUHS at holyoke center, verifying you and your family members
enrolled in the HUHS/BCBS.
3. Get PDF files from HUHS website and print them out. A) Summary of HUHS
plan for 2007; B) Summary of BCBS plan for 2007, C) Rates of HUHS/BCBS for
It also took us ~2 weeks for MassHealth application.  But once you got
MassHealth, everything should be easy and done quickly.  Hope it helps, and
thanks again for parents providing the valuable information about MassHealth
(especially Aimee Hickman!)
-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of
Christine Dianne Wenc
Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 5:15 PM
To: Brandeis McBratney-Owen
Cc: Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] Mass Health,changes to Harvard Blue Cross

This is great Brandeis--thanks!

A couple of things--
You do not have to be a US citizen to get Mass Health.

If you want to apply for Mass Health, I urge you to do it ASAP, since the
HUHS enrollment year has already started--and if you want to get Mass
Health to pay your Blue Cross premiums for your spouses/dependents, I am
sure it's smart to get it done soon.  It takes Mass Health 2-3 days to
send you
the application (unless you download it from the web site) and another 10
days to get approval.

**The student academic year starts on August 1 for HUHS purposes, so this
means we are already in the next term.**  I don't actually know how it
will work with the Blue Cross payment, so will keep you posted.  The
Harvard health insurance waiver deadline is Sept 30, so if you want to
just go with Mass Health, you will need to know by then.

To get a Mass Health application, call 1-800-841-2900.  I have just
started the application process so will be happy to pass along anything I
find out.

NOte changes to the Harvard Blue Cross policy--deductibles have doubled.


On Fri, 4 Aug 2006, Brandeis McBratney-Owen wrote:

> Dear Parents-
> We're trying to get an unofficial guide to health insurance options onto
> Harvard Students, Spouses & Partners Association (HSSPA) website.  Someone
> HSSPA has graciously offered to upload a PDF document with any health
> information we can put together.  It will be a part of the HSSPA Kids
> If you have 10 minutes to spare, we could use your help.  I have written a
> page document about all of the options parents have recently written
> is attached here as a word document.  The programs included so far are
> through Mass Health, the Children's Medical Security Plan, Blue Care for
> and Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)/Blue Cross-Blue Shield
> We would greatly appreciate if those of you who have used any of these
> could review what I wrote and see if there is anymore information that
could be
> added (such as where do you apply for CMSP?).  If their are insurance
options we
> have missed or misinformation, please pass that along to my
> email(mcbratn at fas.harvard.edu).  The more comprehensive the guide, the
> Sorry about the typos etc.
> Thanks for your help.
> Sincerely,
> Brandeis
> --
> Brandeis McBratney-Owen
> Ph.D. Candidate
> Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine
> Harvard School of Dental Medicine
> Department of Developmental Biology
> 190 Longwood Avenue, 4th floor
> Boston, MA 02115
> 617-432-2366
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