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Massachusetts Health Connector’s One-Day, Statewide 'Hidden Gems' Tour Included Two Community Health Centers

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, three teams from the Massachusetts Health Connector visited 16 locations around the state as part of a 'Hidden Gems' tour. The tour was in advance of Open Enrollment, which starts Nov. 1 and is the time of year when anyone without health insurance can apply for coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector. At each stop, the teams highlighted the local gem, while also talking about the benefits of getting health insurance through the Health Connector – particularly in ConnectorCare, which provides plans with low premiums and co-pays, and no deductibles, to those who qualify.

Here are details on the Hidden Gems tour:

North/Merrimack Valley

Revere
The Bagel Bin Deli, 207 Shirley Ave., 8:30 a.m.
Serving everything from eggs benedict in the morning to Yankee pot roast at night, a local favorite near Revere Beach.

Everett
Carol's Café, 388 Main St., 9:45 a.m.
“The best breakfast in town” can be found at this family-owned restaurant, where locals gather regularly.

Gloucester
Open Door Food Pantry, 28 Emerson Ave., 11:30 a.m.
A North Shore resource, using practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security.

Lowell
Owl Diner, 244 Appleton St., 1:30 p.m.
This classic diner car is very popular with the locals as the place to get a good breakfast or lunch in downtown Lowell.

Massachusetts Health Connector Walk-in Center at Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St., 2:15 p.m. This walk-in center is available during Open Enrollment for applicants and members to receive help at any point in the process, from applications to making a premium payment.

Cape/Southeast

Hyannis
The Daily Paper Café, 644 W. Main St., 9 a.m.
A local breakfast and lunch spot, with the owner working the kitchen, serving up fresh products, including coffee produced locally by The Beanstock Roasters in Wellfleet.  

New Bedford
Tia Maria's, 42 N. Water St., 11 a.m.
In the heart of the National Historical Whaling Park along cobblestone streets in downtown New Bedford, this family-owned restaurant serves local and organic ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fall River
Europa Pastries and Coffee Shop, 61 Columbia St., 12:30 p.m.
Locals know this is the place to get fresh Portuguese bakery items to go along with their coffee.

Massachusetts Health Connector Walk-in Center, HealthFirst Family Care Center, 387 Quarry St., 1:30 p.m. This walk-in center is available during Open Enrollment for applicants and members to receive help at any point in the process, from applications to making a premium payment.

Quincy
United First Parish Church/The Adams Crypt, 1306 Hancock St., 3:30 p.m.
The "Church of the Presidents" was opened in 1636, is where John Hancock was baptized. It is also the resting place of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, along with their wives Abigail and Louisa Catherine.

Western and Central Mass

North Adams
Greylock Works, 508 State Road, 9 a.m.
This former mill is being renovated into event space and a new home for food-based entrepreneurism that will feature regional and local products

Springfield
Massachusetts Health Connector Walk-in Center, 88 Industry Ave., noon.
This year-round location is available for applicants and members to receive help at any point, from applications to making a premium payment.

Court Plaza, 36 Court St., 1 p.m.
Tucked away in the middle of downtown is a vibrant, active park full of work-time lunch options and spots to enjoy a nice day.

Worcester
Crompton Collective, 138 Green St., 3:30 p.m.
A historic mill building has been turned into a curated boutique marketplace, celebrating local independent makers and a love of old things.

Massachusetts Health Connector Walk-in Center, 146 Main St., 4:15
This year-round location is available for applicants and members to receive help at any point, from applications to making a premium payment.

Framingham
Amazing Things, 160 Hollis St., 5 p.m.
Amazing Things creates community through the arts by bringing together a diverse community of artists, and arts supporters and appreciators.

Boston

Jamaica Plain
Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St., 7 p.m.
Tres Gatos is part restaurant and part book store and music store. It’s a unique endeavor where visitors can grab a vinyl record before sitting down for tapas.




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