Press Advisory

Start of Massachusetts Health Connector Statewide Pre-Open Enrollment Tour

October 16, 2018—The Massachusetts Health Connector kicks off its three-week statewide Pre-Open Enrollment tour in the SouthCoast, connecting with residents and community leaders in advance of the first day of Open Enrollment.

The Massachusetts Health Connector starts Open Enrollment on Nov. 1 with affordable, high-quality plans available to the state’s uninsured residents, and a #StayCovered campaign reminding everyone in the Commonwealth of the need to stay insured through the state’s individual mandate.

Open Enrollment in Massachusetts runs Nov. 1, 2018, through Jan. 23, 2019, and is the time of year anyone without health insurance can sign up for coverage, and when Health Connector members can shop for the best plan for the New Year. The Health Connector will offer 57 plans from nine carriers.

In addition to getting people who need coverage into plans for 2019, the Health Connector is also reminding people who already have health insurance that the state’s individual mandate remains in place. Residents who do not have health insurance that meets state standards may face a tax penalty if they do not #StayCovered.

The Pre-Open Enrollment Tour will kick off on the South Coast including stops in Brockton, Fall River and New Bedford, all communities with higher rates of uninsured residents than the population at large. Tour stops will include Health Connector outreach workers engaging commuters, local businesses, and local Navigator organizations.

Massachusetts Health Connector Pre-Open Enrollment Tour


Cape Verdean Association
10:00 a.m.
Meet staff and management, hang window sign
Address: 575 N Montello Street, Brockton
Open to the public

Vicente’s Supermarket
10:30 a.m.
Meet Management, Q&A, hang a window sign
Address: 689 Main Street, Brockton
Open to the public

Luanda’s Restaurant and Lounge
11:30 a.m.
Meet staff, hang a window sign
Address: 453 Centre Street, Brockton
Open to the public

HealthFirst Family Care Center, Inc. (Navigator)
1:00 p.m.
Meet the team of Navigator site
Address: 387 Quarry Street, Fall River
Open to the public

New Bedford Cable Network
3:00 p.m.
Record PSA to air during Community Connections
Address: 918 S Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford

Coastal Foodshed Mobile Farm Stand
3:30 p.m.
Health Connector stand and walk-through (bag/tote giveaway, Facebook Live coverage)
Address: 925 Brock Ave, New Bedford
Open to the public


Contact: Alec Loftus,, 617-595-8872

Monday, October 15th, 2018|