Individuals who have enrolled in new health care plans through the Massachusetts Health Connector have a few more days to make their first payments to guarantee coverage starting Feb. 1.
The payment deadline, originally scheduled for last week, has now been pushed back until Friday, due in part to the storm enveloping the region.
The storm is also forcing the shutdown of the connector's call center offices in Boston and Worcester on Tuesday. Those seeking information can still call the connector's hotline on Tuesday for information on applications and payments.
States of emergency have been declared for at least two Hudson Valley counties.
The Dutchess and Orange County executives have declared states of emergency. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says the state of emergency becomes effective at 9 tonight when all roads in Dutchess will be closed and traffic prohibited except for certain personnel necessary during storm and emergency operations. There is no set time for rescinding the order. Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus declared a State of Emergency that became effective at 7 p.m. and runs through 7 a.m. Wednesday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been monitoring Juno's progress throughout the day: he declared a state of emergency for all downstate counties throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. Juno joins a list of blizzards and “superstorms” characterized as “unprecedented, ““crippling, “ and “historic. “ Forecasts are calling for a combination of high winds and powdery snow.
Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are preparing for two feet of snow to fall on the city, at times rapidly, and caution cleanup could take several days.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, following a mid-morning briefing with public safety, public health, DPW, transportation, and power company officials, urged people to stay indoors during Tuesday morning, the time when the storm is expected to be at its most fierce.
"Stay off the roads," said Sarno. " Be home, be safe with your family, and make sure you check on your neighbors."
Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski speaks to the media about a "draft plan" that he said emerged from problem solving workshops on Cathedral High School. He said the details of the plan will be revealed by mid-February
The Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts said a draft plan has emerged on the fate of the city’s only Catholic high school that was wrecked in the June 2011 tornado.
Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said details of the plan concerning the future of Cathedral High School will not be disclosed until mid-February to allow him time to fulfill his due diligence. The plan emerged during private meetings Rozanski had last weekend with Cathedral High alumnae, parents, neighbors and other stakeholders.