[Parentsgroup-list] MassHealth Primary Care Plan for baby

geren at fas.harvard.edu geren at fas.harvard.edu
Sun Jul 23 10:32:42 EDT 2006

My son has only been using MassHealth since earlier this summer (the state
switched us over from CMSP when elgibility criteria changed). So far my big
concern is that if you travel out of state your child is essentially uninsured.
However, everything we have needed so far has been free, no copays for office
visits, durable medical equipment or prescriptions (the services we have need
so far). We kept our regular doctor and we are covered at Children's Hospital.
I would like to hear what others who have been on MassHealth for longer have to
say about it. Also, does anyone know where to find the information on what
services are covered and who is eligible? The information online is out of date
and when I requested an information packet they sent the same out of date

What is the difference between student and postdoc/staff insurance other than
students not having copays at HUHS? I have been quite happy with my insurance.
Unfortunately I have taken advantage of many of the services, but I only rarely
have to pay copays (for things like surgery, ambulance service, etc.) and while
specialist visits outside of HUHS are limited we seem to have access to a large
number of specialists at HUHS. What problems have you experienced with the

Joy Geren

Quoting Chi-Kuo Hu <ckhu at fas.harvard.edu>:

> Hello, is here anyone who has experience on MassHealth?  I am an
> international
> student in GSAS.  My three-month-old son just got granted the MassHealth and
> now I need to pick up one primary care plan for him.  Anyone who ever in the
> MassHealth plan can give me any suggestion?  Right now my son is in HUHS/BCBS
> and we love our doctor (Elizabeth Miller) very much.  Does any MassHealth
> primary care provider plan covers doctors from childrens hospital like
> Dr.Miller?
> Besides, what is the major difference between HUHS/BCBS and MassHealth/PCP ?
> Is
> the former significantly better than the latter?  My personal feeling is
> Harvard
> insurance for student is not good enough and much worse than the insurance
> for
> staff/postdoc.  We pay more but have less benefit in returen.  Is the
> MassHealth even worse than HUHS/BCBS?  Since MassHealth is free, I am very
> happy it could save some money from my not-that-deep pocket, but also worry
> about the quality at the same time.
> Any feedback will be appreciated.  Thank you!
> Chi-Kuo
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