BOSTON (CBS) – Nearly 400,000 Massachusetts residents will be forced to reapply for health insurance after already receiving temporary benefits.

The move comes as a result of the Massachusetts Health Connector website crashing last year. The program covers residents who do not have employer-sponsored health benefits.

The MHC plans to make 2 million automated phone calls, visit 200,000 homes and hold enrollment fairs to notify people they need to reapply for permanent coverage.

“Basically, the message is, it is time for them to take action and submit a new application and that we have a new IT system that is ready to service them,” MHC director Jean Yang told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

The effort could cost up to $19 million but the state plans to seek reimbursement from the federal government.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports



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