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A Health Care Plan for Albania

For s long time, I have been hoping that some professional and humanitarian-oriented company – or a consortium of small organizations – would take the initiative to propose – and eventually implement – a meaningful and fair health plan that would provide comprehensive health care to those poor people of Albania who truly need and deserve it.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when a friend – knowing that I was of Albanian origin – thought to send me the Presolicitation health care plan proposal from USAID, titled “Enabling Equitable Health Reforms in Albania.” This represents a vital first step in the formulation of health care that would cover not only the poorest, but eventually all Albanians as befitting a nation that will one day become a member of the European Union.

I urge you to pass this information along to any organization that may be interested.

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Title: Enabling Equitable Health Reforms in Albania
Sol. #: 182-10-018
Agency: Agency for International Development
Office: Overseas Missions
Location: Hungary USAID-Budapest
Posted On: Apr 08, 2010 11:37 am
Base Type: Presolicitation
Link: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/AID/OM/BUD/182-10-018/listing.html

The Cambridge Health Alliance Seeks Interpreters

Author: The Cambridge Health Alliance

The Cambridge Health Alliance has full-time openings for Portugese, Spanish, and Haitian Creole interpreters. Some positions require written translation skills, other do not.
The Cambridge Health Alliance is also looking for freelance interpreters for the following alphabetically-listed languages on a per diem basis:

Albanian, Amharic, Arabic (especially women), Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Tibetan, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Interested parties should fax a resume to (617) 498-1420 or mail them to:

Interpreter Services
Cambridge Health Alliance
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

WIC Free Food And Nutrition Programs

Author: Massachusetts Women, Infants and Children Program

The Massachusetts Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) offers free food and nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five years of age healthy and strong.

Women are eligible if they:

  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Are pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding an infant or child under 5 years of age
  • Have a nutritional need
  • Have a household income that is less than or equal to the income guidelines below:

Total Income Guidelines

Household Size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 person $14,319 $1,194 $276
2 19,166 1,598 369
3 24,013 2,002 462
4 28,860 2,405 555
5 33,707 2,809 649
6 38,554 3,213 742
7 43,401 3,617 835
8 48,248 4,021 928

You are automatically income eligible for WIC if you currently receive TAFDC, Food Stamps or Medicaid.

HOW TO APPLY FOR WIC: 
To set up an appointment, call 1-800-WIC-1007 for assistance. There are 37 WIC locations across Massachusetts. The local WIC program staff will tell you what to bring to your appointment.

Mayor’s Health Line

Author: Mayor’s Health Line

Albanian and other newcomers to the Boston area should take advantage of the Mayor’s Health Line (MHL) which is an information, referral, and advocacy telephone line. Call the MHL for questions or problems relating to:

  • Hospital and Health Center Care
  • Public Programs for the Uninsured
  • Primary Care and Specialty Services
  • Prenatal Services and Benefits for Pregnant Women
  • Health Coverage for Children
  • Private, Non-group Insurance Options for Individuals and Families
  • Sites for Breast Cancer Screening, Flu Shots, HIV Testing, and Immunizations
  • Social Services, as Needed
  • Multilingual Services

All services are confidential.

Available Resources:
Health Care for All / (617) 988-3222
Consumer advocacy organization that believes everyone should have the right to health care. Activities include organizing, legislative action, and information and referral.

Division of Health Care Finance and Policy / (617) 988-3222
Free care questions and helpline.

Greater Boston Legal Services / (617) 371-1234
For legal assistance and representation.

Office of Elder Affairs / (617) 635-4646
Information and applications for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Pharmacy Program

Division of Insurance / (617) 521-7777
Handles questions on non-Group insurance.

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders) / 1-800-436-7757

Managed Care Ombudsman / 1-800-882-2003
Assists consumers in understanding their legal rights and utilizing their HMO’s appeal process.

Telephone any of the above Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

MassHealth Health Care for Certain Low- and Medium-Income People Living in MA

Author: Ms. Tyler Moran of MIRA

Albanian and other newcomers to Massachusetts should take advantage of different MassHealth coverage types offered by the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) for low- and medium-income Massachusetts residents who meet certain eligibility requirements. Listed below are the most comprehensive programs that people are eligible to receive.

MassHealth Standard 
Coverage: a full range of health care, including hospitals, doctor’s visits, dentists’s visits, lab services, OB/GYN services, well-child visits, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse services. Members: children under 19 and adults 65 years or over, pregnant & people with disabilities, parents & caretakers of children. Some immigrant restrictions apply.

MassHealth Prenatal
Coverage: immediate outpatient prenatal care including up to 45 days of routine prenatal office visits and diagnostic tests. Members: low-income pregnant women whose requests for MassHealth Standard coverage are being processed.

MassHealth CommonHealth
Coverage: benefits similar to MassHealth Standard. Some members may have to pay premiums or meet a deductible, depending on income. Members: low- and medium-income people with disabilities who are not eligible for MassHealth Standard.

MassHealth Basic
Coverage: services are the same as MassHealth Standard excluding long-term care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and transportation. Members: eligibility requirements: those between the ages of 18- 65 without disabilities or children.

MassHealth Buy-in
Coverage: payment of all or part of health insurance premiums only. Members:
low-income, long-term unemployed adults who have or can get other health insurance and are not eligible for MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth.
some immigrants who cannot get MassHealth Standard because of federal immigration law.

MassHealth Limited
Coverage: emergency services including labor and delivery, and “acute medical conditions” that could include prescriptions for 30 days and services provided by doctors and clinics outside the hospital. Members: people who would be eligible for MassHealth Standard but for their immigration status.

Children’s Medical Security Plan (CMSP)
Provides free or low-cost health care for preventative or primary care for any child, 18 or under, who is ineligible for MassHealth.

Healthy Start
Provides health care for pregnant women who are ineligible for MassHealth.

To learn more about MassHealth and for questions about general eligibility, income and family size, call the MassHealth Enrollment Center (MEC) nearest you listed below:

Charlestown MEC
Tel: 1-800-322-1448

Tewksbury MEC
Tel: 1-800-408-1253

Taunton MEC
Tel: 1-800-242-1340

Health Care for All (HCFA)

Author: Ms. Kim Shellenberger of HCFA

In response to inquiries about sources of Free or Low Cost Medical Care and Free Prescription Drugs in Masssachusetts, Frosina is pleased to make the following information available to Albanian and other newcomers:

Health Care for All

1. FREE CARE PROGRAM
The Free Care Program pays the hospital or community health center for all or part of the costs of giving medical services if a person cannot pay. However, it does not pay for services such as private doctor’s bills, prescription drugs, lab tests, and some operations. Most public and private hospitals participate in the Free Care Program.

If a person needs free care, he/she must request it by asking the hospital or health center for an application. People will be asked about their incomes and number of dependents (family size) to find out if they qualify. It is not necessary to fit into any special “category” (such as pregnancy, elderly, or disabled) to qualify for Free Care. You do not have to prove immigration or citizenship status to qualify for Free Care!

2. FREE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM
If you are having trouble paying for prescription medications and do not have health insurance or your insurance does not cover prescription drugs, a new program may offer some relief. To qualify, you must also be low-income and need the assistance of your doctor. Here’s what to do:

  1. When your doctor prescribes a medication that you or a dependent must take for more than a month, ask the doctor how much the drug costs. If you cannot afford the drug, tell your doctor you cannot afford it and ask him/her to help you obtain the drug through the drug manufacturer’s program.
  2. Give your doctor the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Help Line phone number (1-800-PMA-INFO) and then ask someone from the doctor’s office to call that number and ask for the drug manufacturer’s representative who will then outline the company’s procedure for obtaining the drug — different companies have different procedures but usually the doctor will either have a letter or fill out a form. Depending on the drug company, you may need to provide your doctor with information about your assets, insurance, family size, or income.
  3. Medicines are usually delivered to the doctor’s office. Your doctor is required to label the medicine properly and give you instructions for taking it.
  4. Some drug companies provide long-term users with identification cards (ID) or vouchers that can be used in local pharmacies. Ask your doctor about that possibility!

For more information, contact:

HEALTH CARE FOR ALL (HCFA)
30 Winter Street, #1007
Boston, MA 02108
TEL: (617) 350-7279 or 1-800-272-4232

Dental Care

Author: Van Christo

Albanians and other newcomers should take advantage of the sources listed below in the Greater Boston Area that offer affordable dental and/or dental hygiene treatment and care.

  • Forsyth Dental Center (Provides cleaning and examination services only) 140 The Fenway $25 for adults Boston, MA 02115 $20 for children $12 for senior citizens
    For appointments, phone Ms. Louise Howard at (617) 262-5200, Ext 206 Most of the following organizations offer complete dental services (cleaning, fillings, etc.) at prices that are generally 40-50% cheaper than private dental practices. Please contact the organization nearest you to determine the types of offered services and prices.

    1. Boston University Dental Health Plan 100 East Newton Steet Boston, MA 02118 For appointments, phone (617) 638-4671 930 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215 For appointments, phone (617) 739-0033
    2. Tufts Dental Clinic 1 Kneeland Street Boston, MA 02116 For appointments, phone (617) 956-6828
    3. Harvard School of Dental medicine, Student Dental Clinic 188 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA 02115 For appointments, phone (617) 432-1424
    4. Boston Medical Center 818 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118 For appointments, phone (617) 534-4852
    5. East Somerville Dental Clinic 42 Cross Street E. Somerville, MA 02145 For appointments, phone (617) 638-4671 (See additional listings on reverse side) Frosina Information Network/162 Boylston St/Boston, MA 02116/Tel: 617/482-2002/Fax: 617/482-0014 Web Site: www.frosina.org eMail:VanChristo@frosina.org

    Community Health Centers
    (Please phone in advance to determine types of services offered, opening hours, and/or to make an appoinment) Also call: Mayor’s Health Line (617) 534-5050

    Allston-Brighton
    Joseph M. Smith Health Center, 287 Western Ave., Allston, MA 02134 Tel: (617) 783-0500

    Back Bay
    Boston Evening Medical Center, 388 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215 Tel: (617) 267-7171

    Dorchester
    Bowdoin Street Health Center, 230 Bowdoin St., Dorchester, MA 02122 Tel: (617) 825-9800
    Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124 Tel: (617) 825-9660
    Geiger Gibson, 250 Mount Vernon St., Dorchester, MA 02125 Tel: (617) 288-1140

    North End
    North End Health Center, 332 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02114 Tel: (617) 742-9570

    Roslindale Greater Roslindale Med. & Dental Ctr., 8 Cummings Hgwy, Roslindale, MA 02131 Tel: (617) 323-4440

    Roxbury
    Dimock St. Community Health Center, 55 Dimock St., Roxbury, MA 02119, Tel: (617) 442-8800
    Roxbury Comp. Community Health Ctr., 435 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119 Tel: (617) 442-7400
    Whittier Street Health Center, 20 Whittier St., Roxbury, MA 02120 Tel: (617) 427-1000

    South Boston
    The Laboure Center, 271 West 4th ST., South Boston, MA 02127 Tel: (617) 268-9670
    South Boston Com. Health Ctr., South Boston, MA 02127 Tel: (617) 269-7500
    Frosina is grateful to Ms. Sheila Gleeson of the Irish Imigration Center, Boston, MA, for supplying the above information.

Prescription Drug Program for Senior Citizens

Author: Senior Pharmacy Program

Eligible Albanian and other seniors who have resided in Masachusetts for the last 6 months can enroll in the Senior Pharmacy Program which provides up to $750 per benefit year for prescription drugs in all Therapeutic Classes, except those excluded in MassHealth (Medicaid).

The Senior Pharmacy Program is open to seniors over the age of 65 having an annual income no greater than $12,084 (couples amy apply individually) who have no prescription drug coverage insurance policy and who are not enrolled in the MassHealth (Medicaid) program.

Program Costs

  • Annual enrollment fee of $15 (automatically deducted from the $750 benefit)
  • Copayments:
    - $3 for generic drugs, insulin and disposable insulin syringes with needles
    - $10 for brand name drugs

How to Apply
Individuals may apply by completing an application and submitting it to the Senior Pharmacy Program. If the application is complete and you are determined eligible for the Program, you will receive a written approval notice. A Senior Pharmacy Program Identification Card will be mailed to you.

The current benefit year for the Senior Pharmacy Program is July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999.

For an application and more information about the Senior Pharmacy Program, Albanian-American seniors and others should call: 1-800-953-3305
Senior Pharmacy Program
124 Watertown Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Prescription Drug Program for Senior Citizens

Eligible Albanian and other seniors who have resided in Masachusetts for the last 6 months can enroll in the Senior Pharmacy Program which provides up to $750 per benefit year for prescription drugs in all Therapeutic Classes, except those excluded in MassHealth (Medicaid).

The Senior Pharmacy Program is open to seniors over the age of 65 having an annual income no greater than $12,084 (couples amy apply individually) who have no prescription drug coverage insurance policy and who are not enrolled in the MassHealth (Medicaid) program.

Program Costs

  • Annual enrollment fee of $15 (automatically deducted from the $750 benefit)
  • Copayments:
    • $3 for generic drugs, insulin and disposable insulin syringes with needles
    • $10 for brand name drugs

How to Apply
Individuals may apply by completing an application and submitting it to the Senior Pharmacy Program. If the application is complete and you are determined eligible for the Program, you will receive a written approval notice. A Senior Pharmacy Program Identification Card will be mailed to you.

The current benefit year for the Senior Pharmacy Program is July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999
For an application and more information about the Senior Pharmacy Program, Albanian-American seniors and others should call: 1-800-953-3305

Senior Pharmacy Program
124 Watertown Street
Watertown, MA 02472

MassHealth Pays For Health Care for Certain Low- and Medium-Income People Living in Massachusetts

Author: Ms. Tyler Moran of MIRA

Albanian and other newcomers to Massachusetts should take advantage of different MassHealth coverage types offered by the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) for low- and medium-income Massachusetts residents who meet certain eligibility requirements. Listed below are the most comprehensive programs that people are eligible to receive.

  1. MassHealth Standard Coverage: a full range of health care, including hospitals, doctor’s visits, dentists’s visits, lab services, OB/GYN services, well-child visits, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse services. Members: children under 19 and adults 65 years or over, pregnant & people with disabilities, parents & caretakers of children. Some immigrant restrictions apply.
  2. MassHealth Prenatal Coverage: immediate outpatient prenatal care including up to 45 days of routine prenatal office visits and diagnostic tests. Members: low-income pregnant women whose requests for MassHealth Standard coverage are being processed.
  3. MassHealth CommonHealth Coverage: benefits similar to MassHealth Standard. Some members may have to pay premiums or meet a deductible, depending on income. Members: low- and medium-income people with disabilities who are not eligible for MassHealth Standard.
  4. MassHealth Basic Coverage: services are the same as MassHealth Standard excluding long-term care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and transportation. Members: eligibility requirements: those between the ages of 18- 65 without disabilities or children.
  5. MassHealth Buy-in Coverage: payment of all or part of health insurance premiums only. Members: low-income, long-term unemployed adults who have or can get other health insurance and are not eligible for MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth; or some immigrants who cannot get MassHealth Standard because of federal immigration law.
  6. MassHealth Limited Coverage: emergency services including labor and delivery, and “acute medical conditions” that could include prescriptions for 30 days and services provided by doctors and clinics outside the hospital. Members: people who would be eligible for MassHealth Standard but for their immigration status.
  7. Children’s Medical Security Plan (CMSP) provides free or low-cost health care for preventative or primary care for any child, 18 or under, who is ineligible for MassHealth. 8. Healthy Start provides health care for pregnant women who are ineligible for MassHealth.

To learn more about MassHealth and for questions about general eligibility, income and family size, call the MassHealth Enrollment Center (MEC) nearest you listed below:

Charlestown MEC
Tel: 1-800-322-1448

Tewksbury MEC
Tel: 1-800-408-1253

Taunton MEC
Tel: 1-800-242-1340

Springfield MEC
Tel: 1-800-332-5545