Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Hook Up With the MA Connector on Wednesday

Want to claim your personal exemption on your 2007 Massachusetts state income tax form? If so, you need to satisfy the state that you've either got health coverage or that you looked and was unaffordable, otherwise you lose the exemption that is worth $219. (Note: I'm no CPA.) Employers of more than ten employees also have to show that they offer coverage, or else pay a nominal fee instead.

In Allston-Brighton, our local elected officials are leading the charge to hook you up with the Massachusetts Health Connector -- that awfully-named, but useful, thing which is supposed to help you get health coverage if you don't have it already. Senator Steve Tolman and Representatives Michael Moran and Kevin Honan are all co-sponsoring an event this Wednesday:

Health Connector. The state's Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority will be conducting more community events throughout December to educate people the new health insurance law and whether they are eligible for subsidized care. There are several local sessions on:

Wednesday, December 5th
4:00 to 7:00 pm
The Kells
161 Brighton Ave., Allston 02134

and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at community centers across Dorchester. The Allston event is co-sponsored by the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, and the Boston Public Health Commission’s Mayor’s Health Line. Go to mahealthconnector.org

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