[Parentsgroup-list] health insurance

Vicente Parot vparot at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Jun 21 10:14:28 EDT 2016


Dear All,

Thanks for the interesting information.
I wanted to share my experience in case it's useful for someone else.

As an international student, I had my two US-born kids enrolled in HUHS
until I discovered they qualified for health insurance coverage through
MassHealth. Now they are insured through MassHealth only and have their
health services elsewhere in Cambridge (not in HUHS). It has been a good
experience.

It's easy to check if your family qualifies for such coverage in
https://www.mahealthconnector.org

Best wishes,

--
Vicente Parot
Graduate Student
Harvard Biophysics
Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Science and Technology
+1-857-654-0495
On Jun 20, 2016 3:49 PM, "Narges Afshordi" <afshordi at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Thanks for sending this along, Katie. We have heard that the pediatrics
> practice at HUHS will be downsizing in the near future. Their updated
> policy may be in light of that because they may be unable to meet the
> demand of Harvard families. But agreed that the changes are, in general,
> for the worse. We've visited the ER a couple of times in the past year in
> situations where we were concerned about our baby on weekends and late
> nights, and I can see it possibly happening again. The copay for ER visits
> has been doubled to $100 and I really can't see why.
>
> I'm also one of those people who has no sense of how insurance works, but
> is there any mechanism for raising objections to these changes?
>
> On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 3:40 PM, Katie Ericksen Baca <
> kbaca at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>
>> Sorry, I was clearly too focused on the pediatrics side of things. Agreed
>> that many of the other changes are highly problematic (now that I've looked
>> at them...) Apologies for my excessive attention to the pediatrics changes!
>> My bad.
>>
>> On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 3:37 PM, Khalil, Nancy A. <
>> nkhalil at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>>
>>> These changes are awful!  They're only an improvement for well-visits or
>>> a campus specialist.  Otherwise, it's more money for all other needs...and
>>> even less access to partners.  They removed the same-sex partner
>>> eligibility?  Really?
>>>
>>> On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM, Katie Ericksen Baca <
>>> kbaca at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> Thanks to everyone for the helpful information! Through this, I learned
>>>> that the pediatrics benefits are changing for this coming plan year.
>>>> Details of the changes (which are in our favor) are available here for
>>>> those interested:
>>>> http://hushp.harvard.edu/academic-year-2017-benefit-changes
>>>>
>>>> All the best,
>>>> Katie
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 9:18 AM, Katie Ericksen Baca <
>>>> kbaca at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>
>>>>> Can someone quickly explain how the Harvard health insurance dependent
>>>>> coverage for babies works? I'm particularly curious about coverage for
>>>>> vaccines. Based on the link below, it looks like vaccines would *not* be
>>>>> covered at all if you got them at a non-HUHS provider, even if that
>>>>> provider was in-network. Is that correct? Also, am I right in thinking that
>>>>> routine pediatric visits are entirely free if you get them at HUHS but have
>>>>> a $35 copay if you go somewhere else in-network?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> http://hushp.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/downloadable_files/%20Benefits%20Summary.pdf
>>>>>
>>>>> I'm hoping someone out there finds these health insurance documents
>>>>> easier to parse than I do!!
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> katie
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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