March 2, 2012

Harrington Offers After-Hours Bilingual Financial Counselor

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., March 2, 2012 -- Harrington is expanding its access to health care by offering a Spanish speaking financial counselor two evenings per week.

A bi-lingual counselor will be available Tuesday and Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Those needing assistance can stop in, or call 508-765-6493 during those hours. Go to the reception desk at the main entrance of Harrington Hospital (100 South Street, Southbridge) and ask to see a financial counselor.

"There are many residents in this community who have lost their health insurance coverage or need assistance filling out paperwork," said Kathleen Foley, Credit Manager at Harrington. "As a regional healthcare system, we wanted to provide the tools to help them obtain that coverage."

Harrington's Credit Department has access to the Virtual Gateway - an online portal through the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services that assists in applying for health insurance and health assistance programs.

Residents are invited to come and sit with a bi-lingual financial counselor to apply for Mass Health, Commonwealth Care or Health Safety Net Trust Fund. Harrington's financial counselors can assist with the application online and send it directly to the Enrollment Center for processing.

Applications will require backup information submitted either with your application or mailed or faxed at a later date. You are welcome to call in advance on Tuesday
or Thursday, to find out what would be needed to bring along. Paper applications in Spanish are also available outside the financial counselor's office. Paper applications may take up to six-to-eight weeks to process.