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Covered Connecticut Program Now Available to Adults Without Children, Includes Dental and Transportation Benefits

The program is available to eligible Connecticut residents at no cost, created and funded by the State of Connecticut and administered by the Department of Social Services

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 28, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced new eligibility requirements for the Covered Connecticut Program and additional benefits for those that qualify. The program launched July 1, 2021, to provide health insurance at no cost to parents and caretaker relatives who meet all eligibility requirements and is now available to Connecticut residents without children who also satisfy all eligibility criteria. As of July 1, 2022, the program provides dental coverage and non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) benefits.

Created and funded by the State of Connecticut, the Covered Connecticut Program is available at no cost to those who meet the eligibility requirements. It is administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Customers can enroll in the program at any time they meet eligibility requirements. Coverage starts on the first of the month following enrollment. For example, if a person enrolls on July 5, their coverage begins on August 1.

Along with paying the customer’s portion of the monthly payment (premium) directly to their insurance company (Anthem or ConnectiCare), the State of Connecticut also pays for the cost-sharing amounts (deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and maximum out-of-pocket costs) that customers would typically have to pay with a health insurance plan.

“We encourage people to visit AccessHealthCT.com to see if they qualify for the Covered Connecticut Program,” said Chief Executive Officer of AHCT, James Michel. “And residents who do qualify do not have to wait until Open Enrollment to apply – they can do it today.”

To qualify, Connecticut residents must: have a household income up to and including 175% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and not qualify for HUSKY Health/Medicaid because of income; be eligible for financial help including Advance Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) and Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs); and use 100% of the financial help available to them. They must also be enrolled in a Silver-level health insurance plan.

Federal Poverty Level (FPL) chart:

Connecticut residents can find out if they are eligible for the Covered Connecticut Program by completing an application at AccessHealthCT.com and 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 3:45 p.m.

For 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.

In addition, residents may visit either of Access Health CT’s Navigator partner locations:

Residents may also contact the call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 New Special Enrollment Period for Connecticut Residents with Lower Income

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 25, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced a new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Connecticut residents with lower income beginning April 25. This new SEP will provide access to no- or very low-cost health insurance plans made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

To be eligible for this SEP, Connecticut residents must:

Financial help toward the cost of monthly payments, known as premiums, is only available through AHCT. This SEP is open through calendar year 2022, unless the enhanced subsidies are extended beyond 2022 through federal legislation. Coverage begins on the first of the month following enrollment.

“This new Special Enrollment Period is all about creating access for Connecticut residents with lower income to get the health insurance coverage they need at an affordable price,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “And it is another way we are working to accomplish our mission of increasing the number of insured residents and reducing health disparities.”

Connecticut residents can find out if they are eligible and enroll by calling Access Health CT at 1-855-805-4325, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Those who are deaf or hearing impaired may use the TTY at 1-855-789-2428, or contact AHCT with a relay operator.

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Access Health CT Launches 2023 Navigator Grant Program

The Health Insurance Exchange is seeking responses to an official request for proposals and is allocating up to $400,000 to support the initiative

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 7, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the opening of its fiscal year 2023 Navigator Grant Program. The program will allow AHCT to deepen its community relationships with the goal of engaging, educating, informing and enrolling individuals in health insurance throughout Connecticut, particularly in minority communities that experience significant health disparities and higher uninsured rates.

“Research has shown that individuals respond best to their own set of trusted advisors and local leaders,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “While family and friends are usually the most influential people in a person’s network, relevant community messengers are also very effective at breaking down communication barriers. That’s why we broadened our unique approach to our Navigator Grant Program, partnering with community organizations that are viewed as trusted, local community voices with a presence in key communities across Connecticut.”

As part of their duties, Navigators will assist AHCT with several initiatives, including, but not limited to: creating a community outreach plan; assisting with events; identifying and increasing the number of leaders and community influencers to improve brand awareness; and supporting the exchange on mission-driven goals to increase the rate of the insured population in Connecticut and reduce health disparities.

The following types of entities are eligible to receive a Navigator Grant: a trade, industry or professional association; a community and consumer-focused nonprofit group; a chamber of commerce; a labor union; or a small business development center. To see program details, visit: agency.accesshealthct.com/solicitations. Responses to the request for proposals are due May 9 by 4 p.m. To learn more about how health disparities disproportionately affect minority communities, reference Access Health CT’s study: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health in Connecticut.

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

Annual awards program uses employee feedback that is vetted and reviewed by an independent, third-party research group

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 25, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that it was honored by the Hartford Business Journal (HBJ) and Best Companies Group as one of the “Best Places to Work in Connecticut.” This is the third, consecutive year AHCT has been named as a top workplace by the HBJ. The honorees were recognized at a ceremony at Farmington Gardens last night. The annual program was created by the Hartford Business Journal and the third-party research firm, Best Companies Group.

“Everything we do at Access Health CT supports our mission and is guided by our company values,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “Our values — authenticity, integrity, excellence, ownership, one team and passion — were created by our staff and are the driving force behind our strong company culture.”

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 Best Companies Group, and winners are honored by the Hartford Business Journal.

To be considered, a company must be for-profit, not-for-profit or a government entity/municipality, have operations in Connecticut, have a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees working in Connecticut, and must be in business a minimum of one year.

HBJ and Best Companies Group establishes the “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” list by using a two-part survey process. The first part is a survey given to employers detailing company policies, practices, benefits, and demographics. The second part is an in-depth survey given to employees about their experience with the company. The rankings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Hartford Business Journal.

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Connecticut Residents Could Lose $178 Million Per Year In Health Insurance Financial Help if American Rescue Plan Act Subsidies Expire

More than 65,000 Access Health CT enrollees would be impacted

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 16, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that more than 65,000 Connecticut residents would be negatively impacted by reduced or eliminated financial help for health insurance if the increased financial assistance from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) expires at the end of 2022.

The $178 million per year ($14.8 million per month) of assistance residents receive through ARPA will end unless the enhanced premium tax credits continue past 2022 through federal legislation.

“Ending increased financial help would have a significant impact on Connecticut residents,” said James Michel, Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, “including progress made toward addressing health disparities. The American Rescue Plan Act makes health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible – greatly reducing the impact of social determinants of health.” 

If ARPA is not extended, 21,000 enrollees would lose financial help entirely. The average household in Connecticut enrolled through Access Health CT would pay $220 more per month or $2,650 per year in premiums. Without the premium assistance of ARPA, consumers may decide to choose plans with higher cost-sharing burdens or choose to be uninsured.

Signed into law by President Biden March 11, 2021, ARPA makes health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for many Connecticut residents by virtually eliminating or vastly reducing monthly payments (premiums). ARPA also provides greater financial help for people with somewhat higher incomes who historically were not eligible or faced high premiums.

All eligible residents have at least one health insurance plan that costs no more than 8.5 percent of their income. For the current plan year, more AHCT enrollees selected health insurance plans that reduce out-of-pocket costs and provide greater access to care.

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Access Health CT Announces Special Enrollment Period For Covered Connecticut Program

Eligible Connecticut residents have until June 30 to enroll

HARTFORD, Conn. (Feb. 15, 2022) Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced a Special Enrollment Period for the Covered Connecticut Program that provides health insurance at no cost to Connecticut residents who meet eligibility requirements. This Special Enrollment Period runs now through June 30.

Created and funded by the State of Connecticut, the Covered Connecticut Program pays the customer’s portion of the monthly payment (premium) directly to their insurance company. The program also covers the cost-sharing amounts they would typically have to pay with a health insurance plan, such as co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket costs.

To qualify for the Covered Connecticut Program, Connecticut residents must: meet income requirements, be a parent or caretaker relative with children in the household that are under age 19 (if the children are age 18 or older, they must be full-time students in secondary school), use all the financial help available through Access Health CT and be enrolled in an eligible Silver level health insurance plan. For details on income requirements and more, visit AccessHealthCT.com and search “Covered Connecticut” or click here.

Coverage begins on the first of the month following enrollment. For example, if a person enrolls on February 5, their coverage begins March 1.

“The significant financial help eligible residents can receive through the Covered Connecticut Program makes enrolling in a health insurance plan an affordable option for even more people, which advances a critical part of Access Health CT’s mission – reducing the number of uninsured people in our state,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel.

To determine if you are eligible, have your questions answered and enroll in the Covered Connecticut Program during this Special Enrollment Period, call the Access Health CT Covered Connecticut Program hotline at 860-241-8478, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Access Health CT Open Enrollment Deadline is January 15, 2022

Connecticut residents in need of quality, affordable health insurance can enroll by the deadline with coverage starting February 1, 2022

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 6, 2022) — Access Health CT urges Connecticut residents to shop, compare and enroll in health insurance before the end of Open Enrollment on midnight, January 15. Current Access Health CT customers who want to renew coverage or change their health insurance plan also have until the January 15 deadline – and they must report any financial income and household information changes at this time.

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower health insurance costs. Some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the Covered Connecticut Program.

“Now is the time to enroll in health insurance through Access Health CT – and thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law last year, many Connecticut residents are seeing more savings than ever before. Those who did not qualify in the past may now be eligible for significant financial help,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “We are here to help, and all help is free.”

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 – Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., Saturday January 8 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturday January 15 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

For 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 AccessHealthCT.com and click the Get Help page.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s enrollment locations or either of the Navigator partner locations.

There are two enrollment fairs scheduled in January. Both will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following locations: 

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 15 from 9:00 a.m. to midnight. 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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Connecticut Residents Have More Time To Enroll In A Health Insurance Plan Through Access Health CT With Coverage Starting January 1, 2022

Enroll between December 16 and December 31, 2021 and choose between coverage that starts January 1, 2022 or February 1, 2022

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 14, 2021) — Access Health CT today announced Connecticut residents have more time to shop, compare and enroll in a quality health insurance plan with coverage starting January 1, 2022. The deadline to enroll for coverage starting January 1, 2022 has been extended from December 15 to December 31, 2021. 

Customers who enroll between December 16 and December 31, 2021 will have the option to choose whether their coverage will start on January 1, 2022 or February 1, 2022. Customers who enroll between January 1, 2022 and January 15, 2022 will have coverage beginning February 1, 2022.

“We are grateful to work with our carrier partners to give Connecticut residents more time to enroll in a quality health insurance plan with coverage for the whole year,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Gaps in health insurance coverage can be costly and given that we have yet to emerge from the pandemic, access to quality, affordable health insurance has never been more important. We do, however, ask that customers exercise patience as their insurance company will need some time to get insurance ID cards out in the mail.”

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower costs, and some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through the HUSKY Health Program (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the Covered Connecticut Program.

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll in-person, online 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 – Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., and select Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

For 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.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s enrollment locations or either of the Navigator partner locations.

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 15, the call center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to midnight. On Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 31, the call center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 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 To Host January Enrollment Fairs With Free, In-Person Help in Hamden & Torrington

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

HARTFORD, Conn. (Dec. 13, 2021) — Access Health CT(AHCT) today announced it will host two enrollment fairs in January to help Connecticut residents get free, in-person help to shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans. Enrollment fairs are one-day events in addition to Access Health CT’s five other enrollment locations and Navigator partner locations where Connecticut residents can find free, in-person help until Open Enrollment ends Jan. 15, 2022. 

Both in-person enrollment fairs will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following locations: 

Locations will welcome customers by appointment, with limited walk-in availability and strict safety protocols in place (mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, temperature checks, social distancing and a standard health questionnaire). Dates and times are subject to change. Each event has online registration. Secure an appointment in advance by registering online, as walk-in appointments will be based on availability. To book an appointment, go to AccessHealthCT.com and select “Get Help,” and then choose the event and register by completing the form.  

“We strive to make it as easy as possible to enroll in a quality, affordable health insurance plan,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Our enrollment specialists are on hand to offer free, expert help to Connecticut residents at all of our in-person enrollment fairs and enrollment locations.” 

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower health insurance costs. Some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the new Covered Connecticut Program. 

The 2022 annual Open Enrollment period began Nov. 1, and Connecticut residents can enroll or renew their health insurance plan until Jan. 15, 2022.  

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll in-person, online 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 – Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., and select Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  

For 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 page.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s enrollment locations or either of the Navigator partner locations. 

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 15, the call center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to midnight. On Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 31, the call center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 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 To Host Enrollment Fairs With Free, In-Person Help In New Britain, Bridgeport and New London

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

HARTFORD, Conn. (Dec. 3, 2021)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced it will host three enrollment fairs in December to help Connecticut residents get free, in-person help to shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans. Enrollment fairs are one-day events in addition to Access Health CT’s five other enrollment locations and Navigator partner locations where Connecticut residents can find free, in-person help now and until Open Enrollment ends Jan. 15, 2022.

All in-person enrollment fairs will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Locations will welcome customers by appointment, with limited walk-in availability and strict safety protocols in place (mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, temperature checks, social distancing and a standard health questionnaire). Dates and times are subject to change. Each event has an online registration. Secure an appointment in advance by registering online, as walk-in appointments will be based on availability. To book an appointment, go to AccessHealthCT.com and select “Get Help,” and then choose the event and register by completing the form.

“Signing up for health insurance can be complex, and that’s why we make it easy to connect with enrollment specialists that can provide assistance,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Connecticut residents are invited to join us at any of our in-person enrollment fairs and enrollment locations throughout the state to get free expert help and to enroll in quality health insurance plans. We are here to help – and all help is free.”

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower costs, and some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the new Covered Connecticut Program.

The 2022 annual Open Enrollment period began November 1, and Connecticut residents can enroll or renew their health insurance plan until Jan. 15, 2022. Customers who enroll by Dec. 15, 2021 will have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Customers who enroll after Dec. 15, 2021 will have coverage beginning Feb. 1, 2022. 

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll in-person, online 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.

For 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 page.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s enrollment locations or either of the Navigator partner locations.

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 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.