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Advocacy for Access at Fairview

Fairview Hospital's Advocacy for Access Office is located in the Admitting Department on the Ground Floor at Fairview Hospital. The Advocacy team is committed to help the underinsured and uninsured access health insurance programs that are available.

The staff facilitates the application process for individuals and families of many state and federal programs that can be complex and confusing. Our goal is to make access to health insurance as simple as possible. When an individual or family's circumstances change, the Advocacy staff can assist in updating the appropriate agency to facilitate the process.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
                       Appointments outside business hours are available.
                       Appointments are available on both a scheduled and drop-in basis.

Contact:  Cheryl Thomson, Program Coordinator 
                (413) 854-9608

The Advocacy for Access Office serves the community with information and access to the programs and services listed below.

MASSHEALTH  (Medicaid Applications):

  • For persons under the age of 65
  • Families and People with Disabilities


The Advocacy for Access team also facilitates referrals to state, federal and local service programs including food stamps, WIC, Tobacco Treatment, Diabetes Education, Link to Life, Homecare through Elder Services or local visiting nurse associations, transportation, social security, federally qualified health care centers and access to emergency housing.

The Advocacy staff  accommodates the individual needs of each client as well as acting as a resource for area physicians and health care providers to better serve our patients. 

The staff also serves as the most-up-to-date resource on state and federal programs. The landscape of healthcare reform is always changing and Fairview's Advocacy team is regularly featured in the local media as a knowledgeable source of information.

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