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Access Health CT Announces Launch Of 2023 Broker Academy

The Program, now in its second year, aims to reduce health disparities and increase the rate of the insured in underserved areas of the state

HARTFORD, Conn. (Feb. 6, 2023) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the launch of the 2023 Broker Academy Program. The Broker Academy, now in its second year, creates a pathway to license health insurance brokers by recruiting from, and building the skillsets of, those who live and work in historically underserved communities throughout Connecticut. Weekly training sessions for program readiness will be held in May and in-person classes begin June 5.

The program is open to all Connecticut residents, and applications will open Feb. 27.

“As a result of recent legislation, some people who were eligible for Medicaid as part of the COVID-19 public health emergency may lose their eligibility in the coming months,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer James Michel. “Because of this, it’s more important now than ever to have trusted brokers in all communities in our state, particularly underserved communities of color, who will be most affected by this Medicaid unwinding.

“These new brokers will serve as a resource to these residents, and help them navigate the healthcare system, get enrolled in quality health insurance plans and prevent coverage gaps,” he said.

AHCT is hosting free virtual Broker Academy information sessions. These sessions will take place Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7 and March 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To register for any of these sessions, click here

The Broker Academy Program was created as part of AHCT’s mission-driven approach to reduce health disparities and drive change within underserved communities. The Program aims to help reduce health disparities and uninsured rates by embedding a network of trusted health coverage experts in Connecticut’s traditionally hardest-to-reach communities.

Broker Academy candidates will receive free training, a three-month apprenticeship with an experienced broker, professional development and program support.

Community collaboration is essential to the success of the Broker Academy. If you are part of an organization and are interested in recruiting qualified candidates or a licensed broker who would like to serve as a mentor, please email AHCT.BrokerAcademy@ct.gov.

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Access Health CT Named Among “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” by the Hartford Business Journal for Fourth Year in a Row

Annual awards program honors Connecticut companies who rank highest in employee satisfaction

HARTFORD, Conn. (Jan. 26, 2023) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that it was honored by the Hartford Business Journal and Workforce Research Group as one of the “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” for the fourth consecutive year. The honorees will be recognized at a ceremony at the Aqua Turf in Southington March 2. The annual program is presented by the Hartford Business Journal and the third-party firm, Workforce Research Group.

“The entire Access Health CT team is fully committed to our mission of increasing the number of insured residents and eliminating health disparities in Connecticut,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “Their dedication and collaborative spirit are the driving force behind the positive company culture that makes it a pleasure to come to work every day.”

The “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” is a survey and awards program dedicated to identifying and recognizing the area’s best employers. It is managed by the independent research firm, Workforce Research Group, and winners are honored by the Hartford Business Journal.

To be considered, a company must be publicly or privately held, be a for-profit, nonprofit or a government organization, have a physical operation in Connecticut, have a minimum of 15 full- or part-time employees working in Connecticut and must be in business a minimum of one year.

The Hartford Business Journal and Workforce Research Group establish the “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” list by using a two-part survey process. The first part consists of an employer assessment, including details on policies and practices. The second part is an employee feedback survey, which captures employees’ opinions about their workplace experience.

The rankings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Hartford Business Journal.

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Access Health CT to Host January Events with Free In-Person Help to Sign Up for Health Coverage

Deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2023 is January 15

HARTFORD, Conn. (Jan. 4, 2023) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced it will host six enrollment fairs in January to help Connecticut residents shop, compare and enroll or renew their health coverage during the current Open Enrollment period, which ends on Jan. 15, 2023. Enrollment fairs offer free, in-person help from enrollment specialists and will take place in Bloomfield, Haddam, Hamden, Stamford, Vernon and Willimantic. 

Open Enrollment began Nov. 1, 2022 and runs through Jan. 15, 2023. Customers who enroll between Dec. 16, 2022 and Jan. 15, 2023 will have coverage starting Feb. 1, 2023.

Connecticut residents who are interested in attending these events can book an appointment online. To book an appointment, visit AccessHealthCT.com/enrollment-events. Walk-in appointments are welcome.

The enrollment fairs will take place at the following locations and times:

“The final open enrollment deadline for health insurance coverage in 2023 is approaching quickly,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “We encourage Connecticut residents to join us at one of our free enrollment fairs so they can get all the help they need to enroll themselves and their families by January 15.”

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll online, in person or by phone.

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “Live Chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real-time. Live chat is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

There are several ways to get free, in-person help in addition to attending enrollment fairs. Residents may work with a certified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit the Get Help webpage.

Residents may visit any of AHCT’s Navigator partner locations. Expert help from enrollment specialists is available at these locations year-round. To see a list of Navigator locations, visit the Enrollment Events webpage. Please contact the site in advance to make an appointment.

Connecticut residents can also visit one of AHCT’s Enrollment locations during the Open Enrollment period. For information about these locations, visit the Enrollment Events webpage.

Residents may also contact the call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator. The call center will be closed on Dec. 25, 2022, Dec. 26, 2022, Dec. 31, 2022 and Jan. 1, 2023.

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Access Health CT to Host December Events with Free In-Person Help to Sign Up for Health Coverage 

Enrollment specialists available to help Connecticut residents shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance

HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 29, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced it will host nine enrollment fairs in December to help Connecticut residents shop, compare and enroll or renew their health coverage during the current Open Enrollment period. Enrollment fairs offer free, in-person help from enrollment specialists and will take place in Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Middletown, New Britain, Norwich, Torrington and West Hartford.

Open Enrollment began Nov. 1, 2022 and runs through Jan. 15, 2023. Connecticut residents must enroll on or before Dec. 15, 2022 for coverage starting January 1, 2023. Those who enroll between Dec. 16, 2022 and Jan. 15, 2023 will have coverage starting Feb. 1, 2023.

Connecticut residents who are interested in attending these events can book an appointment online. To book an appointment, visit AccessHealthCT.com/enrollment-events. Walk-in appointments are welcome.

The enrollment fairs will take place at the following locations and times:

“For coverage to begin on the first of the year, Connecticut residents must enroll on or before December 15,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “We are offering these nine opportunities before that deadline so people can get expert, in-person assistance if they need it. We are here to help, and all help is free.”

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll online, in person or by phone.

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “Live Chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real-time. Live chat is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

There are several ways to get free, in-person help in addition to attending enrollment fairs. Residents may work with a certified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit the Get Help webpage.

Residents may visit any of AHCT’s Navigator partner locations. Expert help from enrollment specialists is available at these locations year-round. To see a list of Navigator locations, visit the Enrollment Events webpage. Please contact the site in advance to make an appointment.

Connecticut residents can also visit one of AHCT’s Enrollment locations during the Open Enrollment period. For information about these locations, visit the Enrollment Events webpage.

Residents may also contact the call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator. The call center will be closed on Dec. 25, 2022, Dec. 26, 2022, Dec. 31, 2022 and Jan. 1, 2023.

Access Health CT Waives Requirement for Certain Small Businesses to Enroll in a Group Health Insurance Plan Through December 15

Small businesses can enroll in group health insurance at any time of year, but they usually need a certain percentage of employees to participate in the plan

HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 23, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) Small Business today announced it will waive the minimum number of employees typically required to enroll in a small group health insurance plan now through Dec. 15.

Small businesses can enroll in a group health insurance plan at any time of year. However, they usually need a certain percentage of employees to participate in the plan. During this period, any small business with 50 or fewer employees in Connecticut can enroll in a group health insurance plan regardless of how many employees participate.

This opportunity, called the Employee Participation Waiver Period for small businesses, is only offered to new groups not currently enrolled through Access Health CT Small Business.

“This period happens only once a year,” said John Carbone, Access Health CT Director of Small Business and Product Development. “Requirements can be an obstacle, and the employee participation waiver is designed to enable small business owners to access group health insurance plans they otherwise may not have been able to provide to their employees.”

The Employee Participation Waiver Period may be particularly helpful to small business owners this year. While health insurance may have been seen as a perk or benefit, now most employees view it as a compensation requirement almost as important as pay. Offering health insurance is critical to recruiting and retaining the top talent that all businesses need.

To learn more about how to make health insurance possible for your small business, visit AccessHealthCTSmallBiz.com to request a free quote or find a broker near you.

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Access Health CT’s Chief Executive Officer Named to Modern Healthcare’s 2022 Top Diversity Leaders List

HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 10, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that James Michel, Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, was named as one of 2022’s Top Diversity Leaders by Modern Healthcare magazine. The profiles of all the honorees and honored organizations are featured in the October 17 print issue of Modern Healthcare magazine and on their website.

The Top Diversity Leaders in Healthcare program honors the top diverse healthcare executives and organizations influencing policy, care delivery and public health and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations and the healthcare industry.

Michel was recognized for increasing AHCT’s focus on eliminating health disparities, including commissioning the “Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health in Connecticut” study in 2020, creating the Health Equity and Outreach Department in 2021 and successfully launching the Broker Academy in June.

The first cohort of Broker Academy students was recruited from historically under-insured Connecticut cities including Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven. Twenty-nine of these students have now passed the state’s licensing exam and are prepared to serve as brokers within these underserved communities, which will create greater access to the healthcare system.

“I appreciate this national recognition of the work Access Health CT is doing to address the problem of health disparities in our state, which disproportionately affect minorities,” said Michel. “Eliminating these disparities and increasing the rate of the insured is a critical part of our mission and our dedicated team shows their commitment to that mission every day.”

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Access Health CT to Host Events with Free In-Person Help to Sign Up for Health Coverage

Connecticut residents can work one-on-one with enrollment specialists to help them shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance

HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 3, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced it will host six enrollment fairs in November to help Connecticut residents shop, compare, and enroll or renew their health coverage during the current Open Enrollment period. Enrollment fairs offer free, in-person help from enrollment specialists and will take place in Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Norwalk and Waterbury. Open Enrollment began Nov. 1, 2022 and runs through Jan. 15, 2023. Connecticut residents must enroll on or before Dec. 15, 2022 for coverage starting January 1, 2023. Those who enroll between Dec. 16, 2022 and Jan. 15, 2023 will have coverage starting Feb. 1, 2023.

Connecticut residents who are interested in attending the events can book an appointment online. To book an appointment, visit AccessHealthCT.com/enrollment-events. Walk-in appointments are welcome.

The enrollment fairs will take place at the following locations and times:

“Open Enrollment is now underway, and we are hosting these enrollment fairs across the state so Connecticut residents can receive free, in-person help when and where it is convenient for them,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Our specialists make the process as easy as possible and are there to answer any questions.”

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll online, in person or by phone.

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “Live Chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real-time. Live chat is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

There are several ways to get free in-person help in addition to attending enrollment fairs. Residents may work with a certified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit the Get Help webpage.

Residents may visit any of AHCT’s Navigator partner locations. Expert help from enrollment specialists is available at these locations year-round. To see a list of Navigator locations, visit the Enrollment Events webpage. Please contact the site in advance to make an appointment.

Connecticut residents can also visit one of AHCT’s Enrollment locations during the Open Enrollment period. For information about these locations, visit the Enrollment Events webpage.

Residents may also contact the call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on select Saturdays. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator.

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Access Health CT 2023 Open Enrollment Period Begins November 1

Connecticut residents can shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans from November 1, 2022 through January 15, 2023

HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 1, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the 2023 Open Enrollment period will take place November 1, 2022 to January 15, 2023. Connecticut residents can shop, compare and enroll or renew their health insurance plans with coverage beginning in the 2023 plan year.

Customers must enroll on or before December 15, 2022 for coverage to begin on January 1, 2023. Customers who enroll between December 16, 2022 and January 15, 2023 will have coverage starting February 1, 2023. Free, expert help to enroll is available online, on the phone and in person at AHCT’s Navigator and enrollment locations and enrollment fairs across the state.

AHCT is the only place Connecticut residents can qualify for financial help to lower health care coverage costs. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) extends the enhanced subsidies that makes coverage more affordable by greatly reducing monthly payments (premiums) for many people who enroll through AHCT. It also provides financial help for those with somewhat higher incomes who can face high premiums but weren’t eligible for help in the past.

More people will be eligible for this financial help in plan year 2023. If an individual is covered by an employer-sponsored plan that does not provide affordable coverage for the rest of their family members, their spouse and dependents can enroll in a plan through AHCT and potentially be eligible for enhanced subsidies.

Some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through the HUSKY Health Program (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program) and the Covered CT Program. The Covered CT Program was created by the State of Connecticut and provides no-cost health insurance coverage, dental coverage and Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

Signing up for dental insurance through AHCT is now easier than ever. The process is streamlined and more customer-friendly, allowing people to shop, compare and enroll in a dental insurance plan at the same time as a health insurance plan.

“This year marks our 10th anniversary at Access Health CT, and we remain committed to our mission to reduce the rate of the uninsured and eliminate health disparities in Connecticut,” said Chief Executive Officer of AHCT, James Michel. “Now is the time customers can enroll in a plan that works best for themselves and their families. We are here to walk them through the process step by step and ensure they receive all financial help they may be eligible to receive.”

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll online, in person or by phone.

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “Live Chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real-time. Live chat is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

There are several ways to get free in-person help. Residents may work with a certified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit the Get Help webpage.

AHCT is hosting enrollment fairs throughout the state during the Open Enrollment period. To see a schedule and register, visit the Enrollment Events webpage.

In addition, residents may visit any of AHCT’s Navigator partner locations. Expert help from enrollment specialists is available at these locations year-round. To see a list of Navigator locations, visit the Enrollment Events webpage. Please contact the site in advance to make an appointment.

Connecticut residents can also visit one of AHCT’s Enrollment locations during the Open Enrollment period. For information about these locations, visit the Enrollment Events webpage.

Residents may also contact the call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator.

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Access Health CT Announces Expanded Navigator Program 

Four Navigator locations around the state offer free, in-person enrollment assistance year-round

HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 17, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced Navigator partnerships with the Community Health Center Association of CT (CHCACT) at its Danbury, Norwich and Willimantic locations, Community Renewal Team (CRT) in Hartford, Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program (GBAPP) in Bridgeport and New Opportunities, Inc. in Waterbury. These partnerships increase the number of Navigator locations in the state and deepen AHCT’s reach into Connecticut communities where residents can get one-on-one health insurance enrollment help year-round.

“Our Navigator program is a critical part of our outreach, particularly to underserved communities,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “It was important to us to expand this service, so all Connecticut residents can get the help they need to enroll in health insurance plans throughout the year. Qualifying life events that allow you to enroll in health insurance outside of the annual Open Enrollment period, like getting married or having a baby, can happen any time. We want residents to have somewhere to turn all year.”  

These Navigator partners are integral to the communities in which they serve and are viewed as trusted resources, offering residents aid for basic needs, physical and mental health, education, senior and veteran services and more. The mission of these organizations is to better the lives of the people in their communities, which aligns with AHCT’s mission of reducing the rate of the uninsured and eliminating health disparities in the state. By amplifying information about AHCT, the Navigator partners are helping more residents learn about the importance of health insurance, how to use it and get the coverage they need.

Please contact the location in advance to make an appointment. Navigator partner information:

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Access Health CT Website Wins Digital Health Award

Connecticut residents use the Access Health CT website to shop, compare and enroll in health insurance

HARTFORD, Conn. (Aug. 22, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced it received a silver award in the Digital Health Awards – a national program recognizing the best online health resources for both consumers and professionals. These awards are organized by the Health Information Resource Center, a national clearinghouse in consumer health fields.

The competition, which is held twice yearly, was judged by a panel of 57 experts in digital health media who selected gold, silver, bronze and merit winners from nearly 700 entries. Using a rating scale of 1 to 100 points, the panel judged each entry based on design, content, format, user experience, success in reaching the targeted health audience and overall quality.

“We are very proud to receive this national recognition of our website,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “AccessHealthCT.com is the primary way our customers connect with us to shop, compare and enroll in health insurance plans, and our goal is to consistently improve their experience.

“Our website is also how we share the work we are doing to address and improve health equity in Connecticut,” he continued. “Receiving this award validates the work our Information Technology and Technical Operations and Analytics experts do in service to our customers and our mission every day.”