Special Health Care Programs
Special health care programs in Worcester, Massachusetts help people with specific health care needs. Each of these special programs has its own eligibility requirements, benefits, and application process.
For more information, click on the program names below:
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) is a health insurance program for women in need of treatment for breast or cervical cancer. This program offers MassHealth Standard coverage to certain women under 65 who do not otherwise qualify for MassHealth.
CenterCare is a free health care program for low-income Massachusetts residents with chronic medical conditions. The program offers free self-management support services and primary and preventive health care services at community health centers.
Elder Service Plans provide comprehensive medical and social services to frail elders so that they can live in their communities instead of in nursing homes. Services are usually provided in an adult day health center, but may be given in the elder's home or other facility.
Free walk-in clinics provide a wide range of free health services to children and adults who have little or no health insurance. Most free clinics offer immunizations, lab tests, treatment of illnesses, medications, and referrals. Some offer dental care, eye care, or other specialized health care.
Healthy Start helps pregnant low-income women who have no health insurance coverage for prenatal care. The program offers a wide range of health care services and referrals to help improve the health of newborn babies.
The Insurance Partnership is a Massachusetts program that helps small business owners provide health insurance for their uninsured employees. The Partnership pays part of the employer share of health insurance costs and also pays part of the employee monthly premiums.
MassMedLine is a free prescription drug information and referral service for Massachusetts residents. MassMedLine's services include medication counseling, drug insurance plan counseling, and referrals for free or discounted prescription drugs. The MassMedline toll-free number is 1-866-633-1617.
The SHIP (Student Health Insurance Program) law requires all Massachusetts college students to have health insurance. Students must enroll in their school’s SHIP health plan unless they have other health insurance with comparable coverage. Students must pay an annual premium plus other cost-sharing fees.
Senior Care Options (SCOs) is a partnership between MassHealth and Medicare that provides a complete package of health care and social services to help low-income seniors stay healthy and able to live in their own homes. Enrollment is voluntary.
Community health centers offer health services to anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. All community health centers have Health Benefits Advisors to help with applications for MassHealth and other health benefit programs.
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Resources for Health Care in Massachusetts
Includes the Access Catalog, a catalog of health care programs for uninsured and underinsured individuals (MassHealth, Children's Medical Security Plan, Healthy Start, Department of Public Health programs, Medicare, other government and private health care programs, pharmacy assistance, dental care, and local programs). Also includes a Guide to Managed Care in Massachusetts. From the Office of Health and Human Services.
Worcester District Medical Society Resource Guide
A listing of free and low cost medical care resources for uninsured and underinsured residents of Worcester and surrounding towns. This 24-page guide is also available in a PDF version for easier printing.