Islanders without health insurance will receive an invitation to
band together next year in a community-based plan that aims to open the
doors to a comprehensive health care system now out of reach for
one-fifth of the Vineyard's 15,000 year-round residents.
But many doctors and health care agencies worry that the plan may
tip the already fragile financial balance of caring for patients under a
paperwork-laden and reimbursement-stingy health maintenance organization
Oak Bluffs voters are not out of the woods yet when it comes to confronting deficits in their cash-strapped town.
A $180,000 cost overrun on the town health insurance plan will require a special town meeting to transfer money to pay the bill, town administrator Michael Dutton told selectmen at their meeting this week.
Massachusetts law limits when state residents can buy health insurance. The law applies to individuals and families buying health insurance on their own, outside of an employer’s plan or government-subsidized program. People in this group will have two opportunities to buy health insurance in 2011: Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, and July 1 to August 15. People who are uninsured and need health insurance now are advised to act soon in order to meet the Feb. 15 deadline.