On a daily basis, Ecu-Health Care is helping people find answers to health coverage problems. There is no such thing as a typical day in the office of Ecu-Health Care. Every day brings a new challenge. We are called upon to assist individuals or families who are often dealing with a medical emergency and discover that they have no health insurance.
Here are some of our success stories:
- We recently worked with a couple who enrolled into a health plan. Due to a systems error, their coverage was never activated. The husband, recently diagnosed with cancer, was unable to receive home health services after a procedure due to lack of coverage. We worked to expedite the case and later the same day, coverage was not only activated, but back-dated.
- Assisting a couple obtaining coverage for their child, we discovered that the family had multiple conflicting applications and we were able to get the duplicate applications out of the system and put the entire family onto one, complete application. Mom and dad left the office very relieved.
- While at the local food pantry, a woman disclosed to one of our Health Coverage Counselors that she had recently lost her job and her health insurance. We assisted her with an application and were able to obtain health insurance immediately. She expressed her gratitude that there was an organization right here in her community that could help her through the process.
We serve individuals who have lost health insurance for many reasons - due to job loss, divorce, aging off of parents’ health plans, retirees who are not yet Medicare eligible, individuals turning 65 needing help with Medicare and many more. We work with Spectrum Health Systems (a local addiction treatment facility) to assist their patients with applications or eligibility issues. We facilitate enrollment into the appropriate health insurance carriers for both MassHealth and Health Connector members.
In 2017, Ecu-Health Care assisted 6,971 individuals and families. This, of course, requires financial support. We rely on several sources for that support but none is more important than support from individuals in our own community. We are asking you for your support now.
Your gift of $50, $100, $500 or whatever you can afford is crucial to our success as we help all North Berkshire residents—our families, our friends, and our neighbors—access health coverage. Ecu-Health Care is the only stand-alone, non-profit organization in Massachusetts whose mission focuses exclusively on health coverage outreach and enrollment. To continue providing these vital services, we need your help.
Please consider making a donation today. Thank you in advance for your generous support.