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Happy Summer, Community Partners!

Here's our roundup of Access Health CT's news and activities for July.
In This Month's Issue:
 
  • Save the Date! Community Conference
  • Reminder: HUSKY A Eligibility
  • RSVP for our Upcoming Webinar
  • Out in the Community
  • In the News
  • Here's to Your Health!
  • July Outreach Schedule
  • Invite Us to Your Meetings!

 
Save the Date!
It's almost that time of year! Get your calendar out and save the date of Friday, October 19, 2018 for our 3rd Annual Community Conference.  We’ll be back in Cromwell at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center (formerly the Crowne Plaza).  Watch for registration details and agenda coming in September.
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What topics would you like the conference to cover?
What topics would make this event most productive for you?
What would you change about previous conferences?   
Click here--we want to hear from you!
Reminder: New HUSKY A Eligibility Rules Took Effect July 1
Don’t forget!  As of July 1, 2018, the eligibility rules for HUSKY A - Parents & Caretaker Relatives, changed from 138% to 155% of the Federal Poverty Level.  For those residents who receive HUSKY A-Transitional Medical Assistance, this may mean they are newly eligible for HUSKY A. 

By now, all impacted households should have received a letter from the Department of Social Services that explains this change and provides guidance for enrolling in HUSKY A coverage.  Access Health CT and the Department of Social Services will also reach out to certain Qualified Health Plan enrollees who were previously enrolled in HUSKY A in July to make sure they are aware of this change.  For more information, please click here.
Next Webinar: July 26!
Social Determinants of Health: Why Your Zip Code Can Determine Your Health Outcomes
Thursday, July 26, 2018     1:00 - 2:00 PM
Our July 26 webinar focuses on the social determinants of health—the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and how they can affect our health.  This webinar will explore examples of social determinants of health and the fight to eliminate health disparities from a social justice perspective.  The live webinar will run on July 26 from 1pm to 2pm, and a recording will be made available on the Community Page
 
Register Now!
Out in the Community
Pride in the Park
At last month’s Pride in the Park in Norwalk, we met Alex, a new CT resident and AHCT customer, at Triangle Community Center's Pride in the Park in Norwalk last month.  He just moved to Connecticut and switched his health insurance to Access Health CT.

“The process was really easy.  The packet I received was very helpful.  You guys are great!  Thank you Access Health CT!” – Alex Mann
White Eagle / Bialy Orzel
We were happy to help our friends at the Polish language newspaper, the White Eagle (Bialy Orzel), celebrate 15 years since its first publication launched in 2003.  The White Eagle serves the 300,000 member Polish American community in Connecticut or roughly 10% of the state's population. 
Stamford CARES
We also made new friends at Stamford CARES (Coalition for AIDS Resources, Education and Services).  The program’s primary goal is to ensure that those living with HIV/AIDS have access to and remain in medical care.  Stamford Cares offers direct service or through its community partners, access to health and support services to children, adolescents, adults and families living with HIV/AIDS in the Stamford region.  For more information or to make a referral, call (203) 977-4848.
Good Reads
Kaiser estimates 217,000 uninsured in Connecticut In a June 2018 Issue Brief, the Kaiser Family Foundation (Kaiser) estimates that on a national level, millions of currently uninsured people nationally are eligible for ACA coverage under current law. In Connecticut, Kaiser estimates that 217,000 people under age 65 are uninsured.  Of that number, 74,000 are estimated to be eligible for tax credits with a Qualified Health Plan, and 63,000 are estimated to be eligible for Medicaid. The remaining 80,000 are estimated to be ineligible for financial assistance due to income, employer-offered insurance, or citizenship.  Kaiser’s analysis is based on 2017 Medicaid eligibility levels and 2017 Current Population Survey.  Read more.
NASHP on the New Association Health Plan Rule: Issues and Options for StatesThe National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) highlights issues for states as they consider the new Association Health Plan (AHP) rule adopted by the US Department of LaborAmong other things, the new rule affirms a state’s role in regulating AHPs and conducting AHP oversight. The final rule goes into effect on August 20, 2018—60 days from publication in the Federal Register—with staggered applicability dates.   Read more from NASHP.   A detailed summary of the rule is available in the journal Health Affairs.
Congratulations to Middlesex Hospital for being a ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality!’    “Being named a ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ is certainly an honor, but we also view it as our responsibility,” says Middlesex CEO and President Vincent G. Capece, Jr. “We are responsible for caring for all of our neighbors, and it is a responsibility that we take seriously.”  Read more.
Here's to Your Health!
Free Yoga in Our City Until September 2, Yoga In Our City, presented by ConnectiCare, brings free yoga classes to parks and public spaces in four Connecticut cities. Classes are held in McLevy Green and Seaside Park in Bridgeport; Bushnell, Elizabeth, Pope and Colt Parks in Hartford; Scantlebury, Quinnipiac River, and Edgewood Parks in New Haven; and at Chase Park House in Waterbury. Details at www.yogainourcity.com.
Connecticut's Tick 'Crisis' Won't Be Going Away Anytime SoonMore and more ticks in Connecticut are testing positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, so be sure to always do tick checks after spending time outdoors.  Read more or listen at WNPR.  
NAMI CT Releases New Report  — A new report from  NAMI Connecticut looks at mental health and substance use coverage before the ACA.  Read more.
The ER:  To Go or Not To Go — When you need care right away and your doctor isn’t available, the emergency room (ER) might be your first choice.  But did you know about 70% of ER visits are unnecessary? ERs aren’t the best choice in every situation, especially when you can save hundreds of dollars—or probably more--by going somewhere else when it’s not an emergency. And you won’t have to wait as long.  See this flyer from Anthem BlueCross Blue Shield for pointers for Anthem subscribers to make smart ER decisions.
July Outreach Schedule

As always, we’ll be out and about again this month, talking to folks at:
 
Sun, July 8
Bridgeport
Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County 
Sun, July 8
Hartford
Yard Goats Game 
Wed, July 25
Torrington
Main Street Marketplace Community Night in Torrington
Sat, July 28
Hartford
Yard Goats Game
Connect Us!
Is there an event that we should attend to help individuals and small businesses in your community learn more about getting insured through Access Health CT?  Let us know at outreach@accesshealthct.com.  We’re now booking informational / tabling / events and conferences for July through December and beyond.  It’s never too early to invite us!
  • When is your organization’s next quarterly or annual meeting?
  • Do you have an annual event or festival in your community you think we should know about?


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