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MassHealth Premium Assistance (MHPA)
for the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

If you are enrolled in MassHealth, one of the MassHealth Managed Care Organizations (MCO), or one of the new Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), you may qualify to have your Student Health Insurance Plan premium paid for through the MassHealth Premium Assistance program.  If you are not sure what type of MassHealth coverage you have, please click here.

To qualify to have your SHIP premium paid for by the Premium Assistance program:

  1. You must be an active MassHealth member
  2. You must maintain eligibility for SHIP
  3. You must qualify for Premium Assistance

If you meet these requirements and are approved, you will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan.  You will not lose your MassHealth coverage.  In fact, your MassHealth eligibility would be guaranteed for the policy year.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA pays for the services you receive first, as the primary insurance, and your MassHealth coverage then covers the remainder of any copays, coinsurance and deductibles.