Presentations and Webinars
Community Resource Initiative’s BRIDGE team and other specialized staff deliver presentations for case managers, clinical providers, and clients throughout the state.
Interested in having Community Resource Initiative’s BRIDGE Team train your organization’s staff?
The BRIDGE Team can develop and provide trainings about HDAP, health insurance, and other benefits suited to the unique needs of your staff and your clients living with HIV. BRIDGE Team members can also provide individualized technical assistance on health insurance or benefits-related topics to clients living with HIV.
Visit our Resources and FAQs page for more information. *If you would like to be added to our email list to be notified when our BRIDGE team is hosting a training, please click here.
If you have any questions about BRIDGE, their trainings and webinars, health insurance enrollment, or other HIV-related trainings, please contact our BRIDGE team.
Missed our most recent webinars? Watch them below
This webinar and the Guide it describes cover detailed information on the various insurance options available to HDAP clients as well as income eligibility, application details, benefits, and coverage for these programs, including
- MA Health Connector plans, and the
- Health Safety Net.
Highlights from this webinar:
- Infectious Disease Drug Assistance Program (IDDAP)
- HDAP Program Updates and Reminders
- BRIDGE Team
- Overview of Open Enrollment 2024 & the MA Health Connector
- MassHealth & the Unwinding of the Federal Emergency Medicaid Protections
- Applying for Health Insurance through the MA Health Connector
- CHII & the MA Health Connector
- Special Considerations for Immigrants
- Annual Medicare Enrollment Periods
*Please note this webinar was produced and recorded while Community Resource Initiative was still known as AccessHealth MA. The program information has not changed and is still relevant.
The Affordable Care Act provides Premium Tax Credits (PTCs) to individuals and families who are enrolled in health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector. PTCs lower the cost of insurance premiums and can be received as a lump sum credit on a tax return or in advance (APTCs) to lower premiums during the year. HDAP clients who receive CHII premium assistance are required to apply for and receive PTCs in advance.
The amount of APTCs a client receives is based on the projected annual household income they estimate for the upcoming plan year and report on their Health Connector application. HDAP/CHII clients who receive APTCs must file federal taxes for the year they received them and must reconcile the amount of APTCs they received using Form 8962. They must also submit their completed tax forms to the BRIDGE Team after filing. See webinar recording and slides below and the Premium Tax Credits FAQ for more info.
IRS Form 1040, Individual Income Tax Return (downloadable, fillable form)
IRS Form 1040, Schedule 2: Additional Taxes (downloadable, fillable form)
IRS Form 1040, Schedule 3: Additional Credits and Payments (downloadable, fillable form)
IRS Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit (PTC) (downloadable, fillable form)
IRS Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit (PTC) Instructions
This webinar gives an overview of:
- BRIDGE Team Overview
- What is HDAP (HIV Drug Assistance Program)?
- What is CHII (Comprehensive Health Insurance Initiative)?
- HDAP/CHII Program eligibility and enrollment process
- Communicating with and sending documents to HDAP/CHII
- Provides guidance on who should complete the SACA-2 application, and which programs this applications screens people for
- Walks through how to successfully complete this application to obtain a final MassHealth eligibility determination
- Reviews HDAP Program requirements related to obtaining a MassHealth SACA-2 determination
- Gives guidance on when an HDAP client may benefit from completing the shorter and less complicated MassHealth Buy-in application instead of the SACA-2
This webinar reviews the HDAP application process, best practices when submitting applications and detailed instructions for completing the following HDAP applications:
- Long Form
- Short Form
- Rapid Eligibility (RED Form)
*Please note this webinar was produced and recorded while AccessHealth MA was still known as Community Research Initiative (CRI). The program information has not changed and is still relevant.
I would not have been able to have the life I have without all of AccessHealth MA’s help.
I am so grateful for everything you do!
Comment from a client who the BRIDGE team helped obtain MassHealth and Health Connector determinations
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BRIDGE Team Support
Navigating Insurance: BRIDGE to care
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 AccessHealth MA.Learn more about BRIDGE Support
Comprehensive Health Insurance Initiative (CHII)
Our Comprehensive Health Insurance Initiative (CHII) helps people living with HIV enrolled in our HDAP program access the best health insurance available to them by paying their monthly health insurance premiums.Learn more about CHII
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
AccessHealth MA 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
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.Contact