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Advocacy for Access at BMC

Advocacy for Access helps uninsured and underinsured people access various programs that can pay for healthcare services, thereby reducing or eliminating inability to pay as a barrier to receiving health care. Our staff can help you navigate the many available options.

Our Location
510 North Street, Suite 8
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(the side of the building that faces A-Mart)

Our Services

  • Assistance applying for, renewing, or resolving eligibility issues pertaining to MassHealth, ConnectorCare, Qualified Health Plans, or Health Safety Net (formerly known as free care) benefits
  • MassHealth Disability Applications
  • Medical Hardship Applications
  • Referrals to:

o Local pharmacies that offer discount medications

o Community Health Centers for both medical and dental services

o Other local human service agencies such as WIC, SHINE, Western Mass Legal Services, Department of Transitional Assistance

  • NEW- we are collaborating with a local attorney to provide application assistance to individuals who are 65 years of age or older. However, if you have questions about Medicare plans, you are still best served by contacting the SHINE program run by Elder Services at (413) 499-0524.

Open Enrollment is here. The 2016 Open Enrollment period is November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016. During this time, individuals who qualify for a health plan through the Massachusetts Health Connector can enroll in or change health plans without the need for a qualifying life event.

We have appointments available Monday through Friday between 8AM and 3PM. To schedule an appointment, please call (413) 445-9480. Due to the complexity and length of the application process, walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Advocacy for Access partners with Ecu-Health Care to help serve residents of Northern Berkshire County.

Ecu-Health Care
Ecu-Health Care is a private non-profit health coverage access program located at 99 Hospital Avenue Suite 208, on the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center. Their mission is to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of North Berkshire access affordable health care.

Ecu-Health Care is the designated outreach and enrollment site in northern Berkshire County for all of the Massachusetts health programs and they also help residents enroll into all supplemental programs associated with Medicare. The programs they help residents access include: subsidized and unsubsidized Qualified Health Plans implemented under national health reform, ConnectorCare, MassHealth, the Health Safety Net, The Children's Medical Security Plan, Medicare Part-D, Prescription Advantage for seniors and the disabled, Medicare premium assistance, reduced fee dental care, and all prescription assistance programs.

Who They Serve
They serve all residents from North Adams and the towns of Cheshire, Adams, Savoy, Florida, Clarksburg, Williamstown, and New Ashford.

Ecu-Health Care encourages Northern Berkshire residents who need assistance to call them at (413) 663-8711.

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.



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