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#1 Posted : Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:14:52 AM(UTC)

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I'm looking for some help from Massachusetts TE carriers.  My coworker is
a TE, single mother of three, and needs health insurance.  She has
tried to get insurance from Mass Health and was told she has to get it
from the USPS.  USPS says she isn't eligible but she can purchase it
paying the entire monthly premium. I keep going around in circles with
Mass Health and the Post Office.  Any help would be appreciated.  PS 
Nobody in Boston seems to have any idea and the Union is as helpful. 
What have other TE's done ?

#2 Posted : Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:26:34 AM(UTC)

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I'm not a postal employee or in Massachusetts.  But I saw your posts and feel like I should try to help.  I'm no expert but these are some resources I dug up.

Consider getting help from community nonprofit organizations who are trained in Massachusetts health care issues.  For example, Health Care for All, http://www.hcfama.org/ , and Health Law Advocates, http://www.healthlawadvocates.org

Also, have you or your coworker thought about giving a call to her state
representative or state senator's office?  The state rep or state
senator's office may have someone who works with constituent services
who can advocate on your coworker's behalf with Mass Health, since it is
a state program.  Or they could at least help find another solution to
getting affordable health insurance.  This is a Find Your Legislator tool: http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search

When explaining this situation, be clear that the Postal Service requires your coworker to pay the full premium for its health insurance, with no employer subsidy, because your coworker is not a permanent employee.  Let them know you have already spoken with both the Postal Service and Mass Health about it and describe the runaround.  If your coworker has a denial in writing from Mass Health, with specific wording, I imagine that would be helpful information, so have a copy of it handy.  They will probably want to speak to your coworker though, not to you. 

Good luck!

spence2011-11-18 02:53:55
#3 Posted : Friday, November 18, 2011 4:44:49 AM(UTC)

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Thank you for the help.  I'll pass it on. Check the postal forum to see all the help she got.
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