Open Enrollment 2023

We Can Assist MA Residents with Health Insurance

Open Enrollment 2023 starts on November 1, 2022. Open Enrollment is the period of time when individuals and families can apply for health insurance, make changes to their existing applications, or shop for a new plan. Fishing Partnership Navigators are experts at helping fishing families and community members apply for health insurance, and we offer free assistance to any MA resident under the age of 65. Whether you’re a fisherman, shellfisherman, shoreside fishing industry worker, or resident of the state of Massachusetts, Fishing Partnership Navigators can assist you at no cost.



“I am a single parent of three children under 10 and live in MetroWest Boston. Our home is far from any coastal town. I was frustrated in my failed attempts to secure health insurance on my own. I learned about Fishing Partnership and how they can assist any Massachusetts resident enroll in a health care plan, even those who do not work in the fishing industry! Maria Carpenter, a Navigator from their Gloucester office, went above and beyond to help me complete the paperwork. I can’t thank Fishing Partnership enough for assisting Massachusetts residents enroll in health insurance.”

Jennifer Keif

Northborough, MA

Massachusetts maintains a mandate for all individuals to have health insurance. Unenrolled residents could pay a tax penalty. Don’t risk it – contact a Navigator and get covered today!

If You Already Have Insurance Through Health Connector

If you have insurance through the Health Connector, it’s time to review your information, make updates to income or other changes and pay your premium by December 23, 2022 to ensure coverage begins on January 1, 2023. Once Open Enrollment has ended, you still may be eligible to enroll in coverage – reach out to a Navigator anytime during the year to check your eligibility and options.

Your Income May Have Changed

Whether you’re a commercial fisherman or not, your premium is based on your income, so it’s important to review and make sure information is accurate. Self-employed income? New baby this year? Worked fewer hours? Our Navigators know the right questions to ask to make sure your application is current.


Navigators are trained by the Health Connector and MassHealth at the highest level to help you understand your eligibility for different programs and provide guidance for selecting a health plan to keep you and your family healthy. Whether you or a family member needs help walking through your application, choosing a health plan, or finding a provider that meets your needs, our Navigators can help. Should anything change throughout the year, including income, Navigators can help update your information, too!


Many families can enroll outside of Open Enrollment, so don’t hesitate to contact us any time of year, especially if you’re experiencing a major life change, such as:

  • Birth/Adoption of a child
  • Marriage or Divorce
  • New Resident to Massachusetts
  • Loss of job-based coverage or COBRA
  • Turning 26 & no longer being eligible for a parent’s plan

Request Services

Are you or your spouse a fisherman? Do you come from a fishing family? Or, are you a shoreline worker that lives in a coastal community [that's anyone that has a job that supports fishermen getting their product to market and includes boat mechanics, fish cutters and lumpers to name a few]? We're here to help. Complete the Request for Services form and we'll answer your call.

Become a Friend

Show your support for fishermen, their families and coastal shoreline workers. Sign up as a Friend of Fishing Partnership and you'll receive news on local fisheries and learn what it takes to bring fresh seafood, sustainably caught, from the most highly regulated wild fisheries in the world to your dinner table. Learn what you can do to support fishing communities near you.