Advocacy for Access at BMC
The goal of Advocacy for Access is to aid the uninsured and underinsured in Southern and Central Berkshire County in accessing various programs that can pay for healthcare services, thereby reducing or eliminating inability to pay as a barrier to receiving healthcare. There are several low-cost health insurance programs for adults and children who live in Massachusetts. In addition, there are new options under the federal health reform law. Our staff can help you to navigate the many choices that are available to you.
Advocacy for Access at BMC has appointments available for those who need help enrolling in health insurance plans that are available under the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts Connector. Due to the complexity of the application process, walk-ins cannot be accommodated, but appointments can be scheduled for weekdays between 8 am and 3 pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 413-445-9480.
Advocacy for Access at BMC is located at 510 North Street in Pittsfield, Suite 8 (Side of building that faces A-Mart). You can reach us by calling 413-445-9480. Advocacy for Access also partners with Ecu-Health Care in serving residents of Northern Berkshire (see more information below).
Need help accessing the new health coverage plans available under the Affordable Care Act?
First, read this important information on:
What You Need to Know About Open Enrollment for Health Insurance
And to enroll in a plan, click below
Visit the Massachusetts Health Connector for more information or to apply!
Our staff’s expertise is with people who under 65 years old. For those who are over 65 years old, Advocacy for Access can refer you to the SHINE program at Elder Services, 413-499-0524.
Northern Berkshire: In Northern Berkshire, Advocacy for Access partners with Ecu-Health Care.
What is Ecu-Health Care?
Ecu-Health Care is a health coverage access program located on the Northern Berkshire Campus of BMC (the former North Adams Regional Hospital site) in North Adams, 99 Hospital Ave., Suite 208. They help the uninsured and underinsured residents of North Berkshire access affordable health care.
Ecu-Health Care is the designated Massachusetts outreach and enrollment site in northern Berkshire county, helping residents apply for all of the Massachusetts health coverage programs; these programs include: the new subsidized and unsubsidized Qualified Health Plans implemented under national health reform, ConnectorCare, MassHealth, the Health Safety Net, The Children's Medical Security Plan, and all prescription assistance programs.
Who They Serve
They serve all residents from North Adams and towns of Cheshire, Adams, Savoy, Florida, Clarksburg, Williamstown, and New Ashford.
Ecu-Health Care has trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) counselors, helping Medicare beneficiaries understand their health benefits and making sure they access all available health coverage programs. These programs include all state health coverage assistance programs, Medi-gap health plans, the Medicare prescription drug program called Medicare part-D, the state’s Prescription Advantage for seniors and the disabled, and Medicare Part-B premium assistance.
Ecu-Health Care encourages Northern Berkshire residents who need assistance to call them at (413) 663-8711.