Healthcare

Advocacy for Access

Advocacy for Access helps uninsured and underinsured people access various programs that can pay for healthcare services, thereby reducing or eliminating inability to pay as a barrier to receiving health care. This program is offered by Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington.
If you live in Massachusetts, you may be able to get health insurance or help paying for your health care bills through a state program like MassHealth, the Massachusetts Health Connector, Health Safety Net, or Medical Hardship. Each program has different rules and income limits. Our staff can help you navigate the many available options. Assistance is available for individuals of all ages.
Locations & Hours of Operation
Advocacy for Access of Berkshire Medical Center
510 North Street, Suite 8
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Monday – Wednesday, Friday: 8am to 4pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 4pm

Individuals under the age of 65 do not require an appointment. Our walk-in hours of assistance (provided on a first-come, first-served basis) are:
Monday – Wednesday, Friday: 8am to 3pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 3pm

Appointments are available by calling 413-445-9480

Advocacy for Access of Fairview Hospital
29 Lewis Avenue
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
Appointments are available by calling 413-854-9616. Assistance is also provided on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis.

Language interpretation services are available for all patients. This service is available free-of-charge.

Services Provided

Assistance applying for, renewing, or resolving eligibility issues pertaining to MassHealth, ConnectorCare, Qualified Health Plans, or Health Safety Net (formerly known as Free Care) benefits
MassHealth Disability Applications
Premium Assistance Applications
Medical Hardship: a program offered by Health Safety Net that allows patients to apply for relief from medical bills incurred from hospitals and community health centers within the past twelve months
Referrals to:
Local pharmacies that offer discounted medications
Community Health Centers for both medical and dental services
Other local human service agencies including: WIC, SHINE, Community Legal Aid, Department of Transitional Assistance, Berkshire Community Action Council, et al