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Healthcare Reform

Heading back to college? Add health coverage to your must-have shopping list

If you’re getting ready to head back to college, don’t forget about putting one of the most important things on your college must-have list: health coverage. Getting health coverage may be easier and cheaper than you think. And as a college student, you have several options: Student health plans may be available if you’re in… read full article

CT Healthy Start

The CT Healthy Start program is a voluntary program that is offered free of charge to families seeking health care insurance, connection to health care providers and referrals to community resources. Healthy Start assistance is funded by the CT Department of Social Services. Healthy Start insurance is available at 185% of poverty level, so a… read full article

Turning 65 soon? How to transition from the Marketplace to Medicare coverage

If you have a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace and will soon have Medicare eligibility, it’s not too soon to start planning for your coverage to switch. If you have a Marketplace plan now, you can keep it until your Medicare coverage starts. Then, you can cancel the Marketplace plan without penalty. When… read full article

The benefits of health insurance through the Marketplace

No one plans to get sick or hurt, but most people need medical care – like a doctor visit, a prescription drug, a lab test, physical therapy, or counseling – at some point. These services can be expensive. And if something happens that requires surgery or emergency medical care, it’s really important to have coverage…. read full article

Medicare and Medicaid: keeping us healthy for 50 years

Medicare and Medicaid celebrated 50 years on July 30th! In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicaid and Medicare into law. Medicare and Medicaid began as basic insurance programs for Americans without health insurance. Over the years they have continued to evolve, becoming the standard bearers for quality and innovation providing even more Americans with… read full article

Medicaid Recipients Losing Coverage To Receive Letters And Calls

Connecticut’s health insurance exchange is trying to limit any coverage gaps for the approximately 1,300 people who will no longer be eligible for Medicaid starting September 1, exchange officials said Wednesday. Letters will be sent to recipients later this week informing them about the new changes, said James Michele, director of operations at Access Health… read full article

Survey: 36% of CT Affordable Care Act customers haven’t used their insurance

More than 100,000 people bought private health plans through the state’s health insurance exchange for this year, but a survey of customers found that more than one in three haven’t used their coverage and more than one in four don’t have a primary care physician. Both figures were an increase from last year. In 2014,… read full article

Get health coverage for your small business employees anytime with the SHOP Marketplace

If you’re a small business owner, you know how important it is to offer high-quality, affordable health and dental coverage that meets the needs of your business and your employees. The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace can help you do that by offering flexibility, choice, and the convenience of online application and account… read full article

Congrats, graduates! You’ve got a diploma, now get health insurance

As a new college graduate, you’re taking the next steps on your professional and personal journeys. If you’re heading into the working world, you may get health insurance through your job. But if you don’t get a job right away, you have options for health coverage. Here are 4 ways you can get covered: Stay… read full article

Connecticut to Participate in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

On March 25th, the Health Care Learning and Action Network was launched with the announcement made by President Obama and Secretary Burwell at its first meeting at the White House. The network is broad, including state representatives, employers, health plans, providers, business leaders and consumers attended. Connecticut was represented by Mark Schaefer, Director of the… read full article

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