Get Covered, Stay Covered: It's Open Enrollment Time

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Community Health Programs is offering in-person assistance during the Massachusetts Health Connector's open enrollment period, which began Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 23, 2019.

"Health insurance renewal is not automatic for people covered through the MAHealthConnector, and you still need to review if your current medical plan is adequate or your circumstances have changed," said Octavio Hernandez, senior enrollment specialist at CHP Great Barrington Health Center. "And anyone seeking help to purchase medical insurance for the first time should get the process started in November."

CHP enrollment specialists can assist income-eligible residents who are renewing their insurance and those who are applying for first-time coverage. CHP specialists are available to assist anyone, not only CHP patients.

Income-eligible people who do not have insurance through an employer must apply for private health insurance through the Health Connector program. ConnectorCare's plans are subsidized by both federal and state government.

Residents whose income is very low are typically covered by MassHealth and are not subject to this open enrollment season or penalties.

Higher-income people without workplace insurance are also required to purchase a health plan or face a penalty.

Applicants have the option of renewing or enrolling online at However, for those in need of assistance, help is available at some of CHP's medical practice locations in Berkshire County. For an appointment, contact CHP Great Barrington Health Center at 413-528-8580 or CHP Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield at 413-447-2351.

For more information on applying or re-applying for private insurance through MAHealth Connector, go online.


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Doctor Returns to CHP Barrington OB/GYN

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs welcomes Dr. Jill Samale in her return to the staff of CHP Barrington OB/GYN. 

Dr. Samale provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecology care to women of all ages. She is affiliated with Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital's Family Birthplace. She practiced previously with the CHP team and then joined Berkshire OB-GYN, a Berkshire Medical Center practice.

From 2006-2014, Samale practiced at South County Hospital Center for Women's Health in Wakefield, R.I. Earlier, she practiced at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. From 2000-2005, she worked in private practice at Baystate OB/GYN Group.

A magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, she earned her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

At UVM Dr. Samale earned the 2000 Award for the Excellence in OB/GYN Clinical Clerkship, and served on the UVM Women’s Mentoring Program Executive Committee. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She is a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a CHP Barrington OB/GYN clinician, call 413-528-1470.

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