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Close to 11% of 26 to 34 Year-Olds in Connecticut are Uninsured

Access Health CT Joins National Youth Enrollment Day
• Friday, December 6 is National Youth Enrollment Day–a national movement to ensure young adults are aware of their health coverage options and understand how to enroll.
• It is estimated that 26-34 year-olds represent the largest group of uninsured Connecticut residents.
• The US Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey estimates that Connecticut residents aged 26 to 34-years-old are more likely to be uninsured than those in any other age segment.

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 6, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) is raising awareness about the need for Connecticut’s millennial residents to enroll in health insurance coverage. A 2019 Access Health CT research report about the uninsured in Connecticut highlighted that Millennials aged 26 to 34 represent the largest estimated population of the uninsured in the state.

“Today is ‘National Youth Enrollment Day,’ a national movement seeking to ensure young adults are aware of their health coverage options and understand how to enroll,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Now is the time to enroll in a quality health insurance plan and we are here to help. Open Enrollment ends December 15 but there is still time to shop, compare and enroll.”

The National Youth Enrollment Day is organized by Young Invincibles, a Millennial think tank and advocacy group founded by a group of students in 2009 to provide a voice and platform for young people contributing to healthcare reform.

“Our research is helping us better understand who is lacking health insurance in Connecticut,” said AHCT Director of Marketing, Andrea Ravitz, “Millennials are more likely to be uninsured compared to other generations. Regardless of how old you are, we invite you to join us on National Youth Enrollment Day. We can help connect you to a quality health plan—and we are the only way to qualify for financial help.”

Access Health CT is hosting Enrollment Fairs now through the end of Open Enrollment and has five Enrollment Locations, offering free, in-person help to shop, compare and enroll. Find all events and more information at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs.

 

Access Health CT Middletown Enrollment Fair Canceled For Monday, December 2

Residents can enroll at any of the five Enrollment Locations, Call Center or Website

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 2, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the Middletown Enrollment Fair planned for Monday, December 2 has been canceled due to inclement weather. All five Navigator Partners and Enrollment Locations are open. Enrollment Specialists are available to offer free, in-person help in Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury.

Town Location Hours
Bloomfield

 

West Hartford-Bloomfield
Health District
580 Cottage Grove Road
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
East Hartford Raymond Library
840 Main Street
Monday – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Hartford Community Renewal Team
330 Market Street
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Stamford Ferguson Library
1 Public Library Plaza
Monday – Friday
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Waterbury New Opportunities, Inc
232 North Elm Street
Monday – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

The website is available 24/7 to help people shop, compare and enroll in a 2020 health insurance plan. Access Health CT’s call center is also open today with regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.AccessHealthCT.com or call 1-855-909-2428 to enroll today.

Access Health CT will host other fairs around the state before the end of Open Enrollment on December 15, 2019.  More information can be found at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs.

 

 

 

Access Health CT Hosting Middletown Enrollment Fair Monday, December 2

Annual Open Enrollment period ends December 15, 2019 

 HARTFORD, Conn. (November 26, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that it will host an Enrollment Fair in Middletown offering free, in-person help for people to enroll in health insurance. The event is open to the public and will be hosted at the AME Zion Church, located at 440 West Street, Middletown, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Other fairs can be found at www.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs

In addition to the Middletown event, Access Health CT will host other fairs around the state that are complemented by five locations (see list below) ahead of the end of Open Enrollment on December 15, 2019.  More information can be found at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs.

OTHER ENROLLMENT CENTERS/LOCATIONS:

Town Location Hours
Bloomfield West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District

580 Cottage Grove Road

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

East Hartford Raymond Library

840 Main Street

Monday – Friday

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hartford Community Renewal Team

330 Market Street

Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Stamford Ferguson Library

1 Public Library Plaza

Monday – Friday

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Waterbury New Opportunities, Inc

232 North Elm Street

Monday – Friday

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Access Health CT Deepening Connections With Small Businesses In CT And Raises Awareness Of The Participation Waiver Period

New Opportunity for Small Businesses to Offer Health Insurance, from November 15 to December 15, 2019 

HARTFORD, Connecticut—November 19, 2019—Access Health CT (AHCT) Small Business is focusing on making health coverage possible by deepening connections with the broker and small business communities. AHCT Director of Small Business and Product Development, John Carbone, is activating a new business plan and is supported by a larger team to help increase the rate of insured small businesses in Connecticut. The new plan includes awareness events and meetings to educate brokers—which are demonstrating significant results—converting approximately 10 percent of engagements into insured small businesses.

“At Access Health CT Small Business, we’re working to find new ways to engage with brokers and small businesses that can help them offer health insurance to employees—even if they have never been able to do that before,” said Carbone. “By working with the broker community, we are helping them offer small businesses more flexibility in selecting a plan—whether they enroll through Access Health CT or directly with a carrier–and we are supporting our mission to increase the rate of the insured.”

AHCT Small Business awareness events and meetings with brokers have been so successful, Carbone is extending the opportunity to engage with other small business influencers including professional associations, chambers of commerce and more.

Another way Access Health CT Small Business is working to make health insurance possible is through the “employee participation waiver period,” where small businesses in Connecticut with less than 50 employees can enroll in a group health insurance plan without meeting a required minimum number of employees. The employee participation waiver is designed to allow small businesses greater access to group health insurance plans. By eliminating the minimum employee requirement, more small businesses are able to offer a health insurance benefit they may not otherwise have been able to provide to their employees.

The employee participation waiver period starts November 15, 2019 and ends December 15, 2019—for a January 1, 2020 effective date. Access Health CT strongly encourages small business professionals to work with a broker and pick a plan that works best for them and their employees.

“This opportunity only happens once a year,” said Carbone. “Our team can work with you to provide a quote and even participate in meetings to help answer questions.”

This opportunity is only offered to new groups not currently enrolled through Access Health CT Small Business. To learn more about how to make health insurance possible for your small business employees, contact a broker. Visit www.AccessHealthCTSmallBiz.com to request a free quote or find a broker.

Access Health CT Hosting 7 Enrollment Fairs In November For Free In-Person Help To Sign Up For Health Insurance

Annual Open Enrollment period ends December 15, 2019

• Access Health CT is hosting seven Enrollment Fairs in November and more in December before the end of the Annual enrollment period.
• There are also five Enrollment Centers open Monday thru Friday.
• Events are free. No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome (Hablamos español)
• Certified Brokers will be on site to help individuals who want a plan recommendation
• A complete list of fairs and locations can be found at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs.

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 18, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that it will host seven enrollment fairs in November for Connecticut residents to get free, in-person help to sign up for health insurance during the 2020 Open Enrollment period that starts November 1, 2019 and ends December 15, 2019.

Access Health CT Hosting 7 Enrollment Fairs In November For Free In-Person Help To Sign Up For Health Insurance

“Our customers value the opportunity to work with our enrollment specialists in person at Enrollment Fairs and Enrollment Locations,” said Chief Executive Officer of AHCT, James Michel. “We have updated our schedule with more Enrollment Fairs—one-day events for people to get help—and want to remind people that we have five Enrollment Centers where they can go for free, in-person help throughout the Open Enrollment period.”

Access Health CT has conducted over ten enrollment fairs so far with volumes averaging 40 to 80 attendees per event. They also want to remind people to come prepared with the necessary paperwork to make the process easier and faster. For more information on documents visit Learn.AccessHealthCT.com.

Access Health CT Hosting 7 Enrollment Fairs In November For Free In-Person Help To Sign Up For Health Insurance

What people are saying about the Fairs and Locations:

“My healthcare needs were very complicated. [The CAC] worked very hard to resolve all issues. He never ever got frustrated. He is the best! Friendly, competent, knowledgeable.” – Theresa, Bristol Fair

“I am new to the challenge of not having healthcare. I had private insurance through my deceased husband. I experienced feeling a sense of security through this [enrollment] fair.” – Francine, New Haven Fair

A full list of enrollment events is below or at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/findus.

 

November Enrollment Fairs:

Town Date Location Times
Tolland Monday,
November 18
Tolland Middle School Cafeteria
One Falcon Way 
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Danbury Tuesday,
November 19
Hatters Park, Banquet Hall
7 East Hayestown Road 
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
West Hartford Wednesday,
November 20
West Hartford Conference Center-Town Hall
50 South Main Street 
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Hartford Thursday,
November 21
The Lyceum
227 Lawrence Street 
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Milford Saturday,
November 23
Jonathan Law High School Cafeteria
20 Lansdale Avenue 
10:00 a.m. –
1:00 p.m.
New London Monday,
November 25
OIC of New London
106 Truman Street 
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Norwalk Tuesday,
November 26
Norwalk City Hall Community Room
123 East Avenue 
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

Enrollment Centers/Locations:

Town Location Hours
Bloomfield West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District
580 Cottage Grove Road
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
East Hartford Raymond Library
840 Main Street
Monday – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Hartford Community Renewal Team
330 Market Street
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Stamford Ferguson Library
1 Public Library Plaza
Monday – Friday
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Waterbury New Opportunities, Inc
232 North Elm Street
Monday – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Friday: Access Health CT CEO Kicks Off 2020 Health Insurance Open Enrollment With Visits To Navigator Partners In Bloomfield, Hartford & Waterbury

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE

Open Enrollment period begins November 1, 2019 and ends December 15, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (October 31, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that Chief Executive Officer, James Michel, will visit their three Navigator Partners (enrollment locations) on Friday, November 1 marking the launch of the 2020 Annual Open Enrollment period.

WHO: Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel

WHAT: Media are invited to schedule an interview during the on-site visits, or can request photos and phone interviews by contacting Caroline Lee: Carolinel@mintz-hoke.com or (630) 926-4537

WHEN/WHERE:

Town Location Time on November 1, 2019
Waterbury New Opportunities

232 North Elm Street

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Hartford Community Renewal Tam

330 Market Street

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Bloomfield West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District

580 Cottage Grove Road

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

WHY: Health insurance Open Enrollment starts November 1, 2019 and ends December 15, 2019. The public is welcome to attend any of these locations, and more, throughout the state for free, in-person help to sign up for health insurance during the 2020 Open Enrollment period.

A full list of enrollment events throughout the 2020 Open Enrollment period is attached and available at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/findus. Dates and times are subject to change, please visit the website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Free In-person Help To Sign Up for Health Insurance

Access Health CT to host Enrollment Fairs in all eight Connecticut counties, and five Enrollment Locations during Open Enrollment period that begins November 1, 2019
• Access Health CT will host Enrollment Fairs in all eight Connecticut counties, and open five Enrollment Locations during the Open Enrollment period to help people sign up for health insurance
• Events are free. No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome (Hablamos español).
• Certified Brokers will be on site to help individuals who want a plan recommendation
• A complete list of fairs and locations can be found at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs

HARTFORD, Conn. (October 29, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that Connecticut residents can get free, in-person help to sign up for health insurance during the 2020 Open Enrollment period that starts November 1, 2019 and ends December 15, 2019.
“We understand that people have questions when signing up for health insurance,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “This year we have implemented several enhancements to improve the customer experience, by tripling the number of enrollment fairs, offering new scanning tools to help customers verify their eligibility, and having the insurance carriers on site to guide customers post enrollment.”

To enroll, please have the following information and documents:
• Dates of birth
• Social security numbers
• Visa, green card or immigration documents
• Most recent W-2 and/or IRS Form 1040 and Form 1099
• Paystubs, profit and loss statements or other employment verification
• Current insurance coverage

For more information visit learn.accesshealthct.com/verification-help

A full list of enrollment events is below or at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/findus

NOTE: These locations, dates and times are subject to change.

ENROLLMENT CENTERS/LOCATIONS:

Town Location Hours
Bloomfield West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District

580 Cottage Grove Road

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

East Hartford Raymond Library

840 Main Street

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hartford Community Renewal Team

330 Market Street

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Stamford Ferguson Library

1 Public Library Plaza

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Waterbury New Opportunities, Inc

232 North Elm Street

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

ENROLLMENT FAIRS:

Town Date Location Times
Stamford Saturday, November 2 Ferguson Library Auditorium

1 Public Library Plaza

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Manchester Monday, November 4 Illing Middle School Cafeteria

227 Middle Turnpike East

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bristol Wednesday, November 6 Bristol Library

5 High Street

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
New Haven Thursday, November 7 Wilbur Cross High School Café

181 Mitchell Drive

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Hartford Saturday, November 9 The Lyceum

227 Lawrence Street

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Norwich Tuesday, November 12 The Edward & Mary Lord Family Health Center UCFS

47 Town Street

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bridgeport Wednesday, November 13 St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Cancer Center2800 Main Street
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Waterbury Wednesday, November 13 New Opportunities, Inc

232 North Elm Street

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
New Britain Thursday, November 14 Central Connecticut
State UniversityStanley Room185 Main Street
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Fairfield Saturday, November 16 Fairfield University
Faber Hall42 Bellarmine Road
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Danbury Tuesday, November 19 Hatters Park – Banquet Hall

7 East Hayestown Road

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
West Hartford Wednesday, November 20 West Hartford Conference Center
Town Hall50 South Main Street
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Hartford Thursday, November 21 The Lyceum

227 Lawrence Street

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Milford Saturday, November 23 Jonathan Law High School Cafeteria

20 Lansdale Avenue

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New London Monday, November 25 OIC of New London

106 Truman Street

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Norwalk Tuesday, November 26 Norwalk City Hall
Community Room123 East Avenue
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Stratford Tuesday, December 3 Birdseye Municipal Complex Cafeteria

468 Birdseye Street

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Meriden Wednesday, December 4 Meriden Public Library

105 Miller Street

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
West Haven Thursday, December 5 West Haven High School Cafeteria

1 Mcdonough Plaza

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Hamden Monday, December 9 Whitneyville Cultural Commons

1253 Whitney Avenue

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Manchester Tuesday, December 10 Illing Middle School Cafeteria

227 Middle Turnpike East

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Windham Wednesday, December 11 Windham Town Hall Auditorium

979 Main Street, Willimantic

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Danbury Thursday, December 12 Hatters Park – Banquet Hall

7 East Hayestown Road

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bridgeport Saturday, December 14 St. Vincent’s Medical Center   Cancer Center

2800 Main Street

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Waterbury Sunday, December 15 Waterbury City Hall

235 Grand Street

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New Britain Sunday, December 15 Central Connecticut State University

Stanley Room

185 Main Street

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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 https://Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/findus.

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 www.ChooseUseBeWell.com 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.”