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Access Health CT Hosts Fourth Annual Community Conference

Event connects community partners in preparation for Open Enrollment, beginning November 1, 2019 


 HARTFORD, Conn. (October 16, 2019)—Today, Access Health CT (AHCT) is welcoming more than 200 people at their fourth annual Community Conference connecting Community Partners and preparing for the Open Enrollment period, beginning November 1, 2019 and ending December 15, 2019.

“Access Health CT is all about connecting people,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “We connect people to health insurance plans that help them be and stay healthy. What we have learned is that connections start at a community level and our conference is focused on how to best serve communities and deliver the best possible customer experience.”

AHCT’s CEO, James Michel, will continue a conference tradition by awarding an important community connector. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Health Foundation, Patricia Baker, was honored with the Commitment to Community award. This award recognizes individuals who live AHCT’s values and demonstrate resilience, determination and passion for delivering vital healthcare information to the community.

Baker founded the Connecticut Health Foundation in 1999. Under her leadership, it has become the state’s largest independent health philanthropy. Through a dedication to achieving health equity, Pat and her team focus on improving health outcomes for people of color and assuring that all Connecticut residents have access to affordable and high-quality care.

“We share a lot with the Foundation’s goals,” said Michel. “That everyone deserves the opportunity to be as healthy as possible—regardless of race, background or income level.”

In addition, to support one of the organization’s strategic focuses around the improvement of Customer Experience, the 2019 keynote address will be given by the first person to ever hold the title of Chief Experience Officer (CXO), Ingrid Lindberg of Chief Customer.

Before Lindberg’s keynote, attendees will break out into workshops to cover important topics including healthcare and immigration, outreach strategies to connect communities, new updates to processes, understanding healthcare options (including COBRA, Husky and Medicare) and commonly asked questions.

Access Health CT To Host Educational Sessions Known As “Healthy Chats” In All CT Counties In October

Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2019

 HARTFORD, Conn. (September 25, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced a series of upcoming community-based educational sessions, known as “Healthy Chats.” The purpose of these events is to help Connecticut residents become familiar with the Open Enrollment Period that starts on Nov. 1, 2019: and understanding costs and the financial help that is available, choosing an insurance plan, and how and where to enroll.

“At Access Health CT our main goal is to reduce the uninsured rate in Connecticut,” said Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “Our ‘Healthy Chat’ events give Connecticut residents the opportunity to learn more about what to expect during the Open Enrollment process. Health insurance can be hard to understand, which is why we know it’s important to offer free, in-person help. Please join us at a Healthy Chat event near you.”

Last October, the Access Health CT team welcomed close to 400 people at their Healthy Chats, and over 50 are already registered for the first one in Waterbury.

The multi-lingual staff will be ready to answer questions, making sure attendees had a better understanding of how to shop, compare and enroll in the health insurance plan that best meets their needs.

Access Health CT To Host Educational Sessions  Known As “Healthy Chats” In All CT Counties In October

A full list of events is below. People interested in attending can register by visiting

Healthy Chat Event Details:

Town Date Location Times
Waterbury Tuesday,

October 1

New Opportunities Inc.

232 North Elm Street

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.

Bloomfield Thursday,

October 3

Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center

330 Park Avenue

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.

Vernon Tuesday,

October 8

Vernon Center Middle School

777 Hartford Turnpike

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.

New London Thursday,

October 10

OIC of New London

106 Truman Street

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.

Torrington Tuesday,

October 22

New Opportunities Inc.

59 Field Street

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.

Willimantic Wednesday,

October 23

Windham Town Hall

979 Main Street

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.

Hartford Thursday,

October 24

Community Renewal Team

555 Windsor Street

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.

Stamford Tuesday,

October 29

Stamford Government Center

888 Washington Boulevard

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.

Middletown Wednesday,

October 30

Community Health Center Inc.

675 Main Street

6:00 –

7:30 p.m.


Access Health CT Launches ‘Choose. Use. Be Well.’ Campaign

Bi-lingual campaign focuses on preventive care and benefits of using plan benefits

HARTFORD, Conn. (May 20, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the launch of the new “Choose. Use. Be Well.” campaign to help educate Connecticut residents about the importance of preventive care and plan benefit utilization.

“Getting a healthcare plan is the first step to staying healthy,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “To live your healthiest life, it’s important to use your plan. At Access Health CT we are here to help you choose a family doctor, use your plan and be well.”

AHCT is available to help year-round. Outside of the Open Enrollment season, that starts November 1, 2019, AHCT is focused on making it easy for CT residents to choose a Primary Care Physician (or PCP) and getting the most out of the insurance plans they are paying for and deserve.

“We know that people have new options when it comes to seeking medical attention like, telemedicine, urgent care centers, drugstore and worksite clinics,” said Director of Marketing, Andrea Ravitz. “We need to remind individuals that family doctors or PCP’s play a crucial role in our lives, since they know the patient’s medical and family history, they can see issues that may be developing, and make sure there are no problems with prescription drugs you might be taking. They are really the quarterback of your health.”

Here are three simple steps to help people make the most of their plan benefits:

  1. Choose a family doctor. Check with your insurance company to see which doctors are in-network and accepting new patients.
  2. Use your plan. Schedule an annual check-up for everyone in your family, and take advantage of preventive services. Some of these services are 100% covered with in-network providers, check your plan for details.
  3. Be well. Talk to your doctors and do your part to stay healthy.

“If you’re not sure where to start, visit our website at to learn more,” said Michel. “You will find more about your plan and the preventive care services available to you and your family to live your healthiest life.”

Access Health CT Announces Opening Of Its Navigator Program For FY 2020 To Deepen Community Outreach

A strong program focus will be to engage communities of color in Connecticut

· The Navigator Program will focus primarily on communities of color where Access Health CT has seen an enrollment decrease over the last four years.
· In addition to supporting enrollment efforts, the Navigator Program will help Connecticut residents better use and understand their health plans, including preventative care.

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 22, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the opening of its fiscal year 2020 Navigator Grant Program. The program highlights the commitment of AHCT to enhance current outreach efforts by engaging with community organizations that have deep relationships throughout the state. A strong focus of the program for this upcoming year will be to engage African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino and Asian communities where AHCT has seen either enrollment decreasing over the last four years, or an opportunity to help underserved populations.
“This year’s Navigator Program will allow Access Health CT to deepen its community relationships with the goal to engage, educate and enroll individuals in target communities throughout Connecticut,” said Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “This is one of the many ways we will be improving a year-round commitment to the communities we serve.”

Michel also notes that Navigators will support enrollment and education efforts and help Connecticut residents better use their plans. “From selecting a Primary Care Physician (PCP) to using your plan for preventative care, Access Health CT is here to help,” he said.

Over the next few weeks, Access Health CT will be selecting four (4) community organizations via a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Each organization will receive funding via a grant to perform each of the required activities. Each grant will not exceed seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) during the term, which will be from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

To learn more and see program details visit

Access Health CT Encourages Preventative Healthcare During Black History Month

CEO highlights health problems that impact Black and African American Communities more than others

HARTFORD, Conn. (February 27, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) is encouraging Connecticut residents to use their health plans for preventative care, especially during Black History Month.

“Black History Month is an opportunity to talk about some of the most important issues for minority communities in the state,” said Michel, a proud member of the Black Community himself. “Black and African American residents are at higher risk for developing serious health conditions including asthma, diabetes and hypertension. And they are also more likely to suffer the death of a child. By using their health plans for preventative care, we can change those statistics,” he said.

According to a recent study*, racial and ethnic health disparities are among Connecticut’s most pressing issues. Also included in the report are the following facts:

Another report** indicates that the African American population in Connecticut is disproportionately affected by hypertension. They report African Americans in the United States have the highest rates of high blood pressure than any group in the world—nearly half of all African Americans in the U.S. have it. Compared with Whites, Blacks have nearly twice the risk of fatal stroke.

“You might have one of these chronic conditions,” said Michel. “If you don’t, you likely know someone who does. That’s why health needs to be a topic of discussion during Black History Month. At Access Health CT, we are working to reduce health disparities and we are here to help you.”

Michel says the first, and most important thing to do, is to use your health plan. He says it’s important to select a primary care physician and establish a relationship with them. “It’s the best way to manage your health,” said Michel, “from chronic conditions to welcoming a new child—you can use your plan for preventative care. Go get your annual physical and see your doctor regularly. That is how we will change the story about health disparities in Connecticut.”

Learn more by contacting Access Health CT. Visit the website at or call

(855) 910-2428.

*2018 Connecticut Health Foundation report, “A Healthier Connecticut,”

**The official American Heart Association and American Stroke Association blog

Access Health CT Announces 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Success

More than 111,000 Connecticut residents signed up for health insurance coverage

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 17, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that more than 111,000 Connecticut residents signed up for health insurance during the 2019 Open Enrollment period that ended Tuesday, January 15.

“At Access Health CT, we are here to help Connecticut residents have access to quality and affordable health insurance coverage,” said Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “A total of 111,066 people enrolled during the 2019 Open Enrollment period; 80,812 renewed their plans, and 30,254 were new customers. These results show us how important health insurance is to the residents of Connecticut.”

Andrea Ravitz, Director of Marketing, added to Michel’s statement, “Our ‘shop, compare and enroll’ campaign focused on helping state residents evaluate their plan options in order to pick the best coverage for themselves and their families. In comparison to the past four open enrollments, we saw a significant increase in the number of individuals shopping than ever before.”

Access Health CT To Present Enrollment Numbers At Tomorrow’s Board of Directors Meeting

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 16, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) will be presenting enrollment numbers at tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting, that will take place at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, Salon AB, 100 East River Drive in East Hartford.

Note: Please know that this meeting will not be recorded by CTN.


Access Health CT Extends 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period

Extension ends January 15, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 15, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced an extension for the 2019 health insurance Open Enrollment period until January 15, 2019. Customers who sign up for health insurance plans through Access Health CT by today’s deadline will have coverage that starts January 1, 2019. Customers who sign up for health insurance plans through Access Health CT after today will have coverage that starts February 1, 2019.

Last night, a federal district court judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional because of the changes Congress made to the Individual Mandate penalty. Access Health CT wants to let Connecticut residents know that the Texas ruling does not affect their ability to sign up for and use 2019 health insurance plans through Access Health CT.

“Access Health CT is the official marketplace under the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut and we are committed to upholding the ACA and the support it provides to the residents of our state,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “We will not let this news get in the way of fulfilling our mission to reduce the rate of the uninsured and help Connecticut residents get health insurance coverage for them and their families.”

Focusing on the extension and continued opportunity for Connecticut residents to sign up for 2019 health insurance coverage, Michel said, “With this extension, Access Health CT is encouraging customers who are currently covered by an insurance plan for 2019 to come and evaluate their options as they may find savings or lower premiums by choosing a different plan that better fits their needs and budget.”

When evaluating plan options, customers should consider things like monthly insurance payments (premiums), deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, provider networks and prescription drug coverage.

Access Health CT customers who were automatically enrolled in coverage for 2019, may find a plan that better fits their needs. If they want to make a change after December 15, they can, and the new plan will have a start date of February 1, 2019. They will continue to be covered during the month of January 2019 under the auto-enroll plan, and must pay their January payment (premium).

Free help will continue to be available during the extension:

Access Health CT Extends 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period

*Holiday hours December 24 & December 31, 8 2 p.m. Closed December 25 & January 1. 

The 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period Ends Saturday, December 15, 2018

Free help is still available online, in-person or over the phone

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 11, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today reminded Connecticut residents that the 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period ends this Saturday, December 15, 2018. Individuals can find free help online, in-person or over the phone.

Jonathan Law High School – Cafeteria
20 Lansdale Avenue Milford, CT

UConn Stamford – Auditorium
1 University Place, Stamford, CT

*Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Access Health CT Adding Enrollment Fairs in Hartford and Stamford

Free in-person help signing up for health insurance before December 15, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 30, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the addition of two new health insurance Enrollment Fairs, one at The Lyceum – Conference Center in Hartford, Saturday, December 8, and the other at UConn Stamford Auditorium, Saturday, December 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Access Health CT’s Enrollment fairs provide free in-person help to enroll or re-enroll, in healthcare coverage for Connecticut residents and their families. Appointments are not necessary, but people can register in advance to be sure to meet with Enrollment Specialists or Brokers. They can also get a discounted ride through Lyft to any fair or enrollment location.

“We want to make sure more residents have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with Certified Enrollment Specialists and Brokers to enroll or re-enroll in healthcare coverage,” explains Andrea Ravitz, Access Health CT Director of Marketing. “We are seeing over one hundred people attending each of our fairs because they are a great way to get free in-person help on Saturdays.”

These new events are being offered in addition to already-scheduled Enrollment Fairs in other locations. During the week, people can get free in-person help at any of the Access Health CT enrollment locations.

New Access Health CT Enrollment Fairs

Saturday, 12/8

The Lyceum – Conference Center
227 Lawrence Street Hartford, CT
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12/15
UConn Stamford – Auditorium
1 University Place Stamford, CT
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Parking: Summer Street Parking Garage