Navigating Insurance: BRIDGE to Care

What is BRIDGE?

Community Resource Initiative’s BRIDGE Team (Benefits Resources Infectious Disease Guidance and Engagement) provides health insurance and benefits program enrollment, guidance, outreach, and training to individuals and organizations throughout Massachusetts. We develop trainings and provide individualized assistance for case managers, community resource specialists, and health care consumers and providers.

BRIDGE can help:
  • Guide clients living with HIV through health insurance plan selection, particularly during open enrollment.
  • Assist clients with accessing health insurance, especially if a client’s insurance terminates or if a client is in a transitional period, such as a loss or change in job and/or income or becoming Medicare eligible.
  • Provide support and advocacy when clients face barriers to getting the drugs and medical care that they need.
  • Outreach to clients who are about to be or have been disenrolled from our programs.
  • Train case managers and providers to help clients access and maintain coverage in an ever-changing health insurance environment, including navigation of public and private insurers and complex dual coverage.
How to get BRIDGE Team Support

Our BRIDGE Team helps clients understand the complicated insurance landscape and choose the best option for their unique circumstances.  The BRIDGE Team is skilled at addressing barriers to coverage and can help clients access all the services offered by Community Resource Initiative.

Contact BRIDGE

I keep being reminded how fortunate I am to have access to your service. I’m truly grateful.

Community Resource Initiative client after receiving help from our BRIDGE team

Meet the BRIDGE Team

George-Henry Hastie, MPH

Senior Manager BRIDGE/IDDAP; Outreach, Training, and Quality Strategist

Anne Callachan

BRIDGE Team Project Manager

Juan Diaz

BRIDGE Team Health Insurance Enrollment Specialist

David Huckle

BRIDGE Team Health Insurance Enrollment Specialist and Research Associate

Erin Ford

BRIDGE Team Health Insurance Enrollment Specialist

Gerald Martinez

BRIDGE Team Health Insurance Enrollment Specialist

How can we help?

Outreach and Training

View previous trainings or schedule a training with our BRIDGE team

The BRIDGE Team provides training to case managers, healthcare providers, and clients about insurance enrollment, as well as accessing our drug assistance programs.

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Tax Credits

Need help navigating Premium Tax Credits?

The Affordable Care Act provides tax credits to eligible individuals and families who are enrolled in health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector. These Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) are subsidies that lower the cost of your monthly health insurance premiums, which HDAP/CHII may have paid on your behalf.

Learn more about Premium Tax Credits

Resources and FAQs

Have Questions?

Community Resource Initiative has many resources and helpful information for clients, case managers, social workers, and any other individuals who help those living with HIV access health insurance and drug payment assistance.

Resources & FAQs

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Reach out to us at anytime

If you have any questions about BRIDGE, their trainings and webinars, health insurance enrollment, or other HIV-related trainings, please contact our BRIDGE team.


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