The members of Dukes County are being denied medical coverage on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard due to an oversight of MassHealth politicians. People who were before enrolled in programs like MassHealth Essentials and others which are no longer offered as of Jan. 1 2014 were automatically enrolled in the BMC HealthCare Plus program, which no one on the Island — particularly the only hospital, accepts. Representatives and supervisors on the MassHealth call line can only tell people they can change their coverage to something the hospital and others will take starting 2/1/14, which for many of us, leaves us without needed medical services until then.

Tiare Hess
Oak Bluffs