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In This Month's Issue:
  • Test Your Knowledge – 3 Question Quiz
  • Regional Planning Meetings - Thank You!
  • Out in the Community - Where We’re Headed Next
  • CT Trails Day
  • Mark Your Calendar: Holiday Hours
  • Learn the ABC's of Skin Cancer
  • Invite Us to Your Meetings!
  • Good Reads
  • AHCT Contact List

 
Test Your Knowledge!
When is Your Next BIG Meeting?
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?
Regional Planning Meetings - THANK YOU!
In March and April, the Access Health CT team met with community partners like you across the state to hear your feedback on our outreach and enrollment efforts.  Thank you to everyone who joined us in Hartford, Danbury, New Haven, Norwich, and Stamford.  We appreciate all of your thoughtful comments and suggestions and are looking for ways to implement as many of your ideas as we can!
Out in the Community - Where We're Headed Next
Fri, May 4th
Southbury
CT Association of School-Based Health Centers Conference, “A Force for Change,”
Heritage Hotel, Southbury.  Click for More Info
Sat, May 5th
Hartford
Hartford Yard Goats vs. Portland Sea Dogs – Dunkin Donuts Stadium, Hartford.  
Featuring Atlas Fireworks, Boy Scout Night, Faith and Family Day, and pre-game player forum.  Click for More Info
Sun, May 6th
Bethel
Bethel CT Pride Parade, Bethel 
Northwestern CT's LGBTQ+ event.  

Click for More Info
Tue, May 15th
East Hartford
SCORE Women Entrepreneur’s Conference, Goodwin College, East Hartford.  
Click for More Info
Sat, May 19th
East Hartford
NAMI CT Walk, Rentschler Field, East Hartford
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Connecticut Chapter’s 15th annual walk for hope and wellness. 

Click for More Info
Sat, June 2nd
Hartford
2018 Hartford Puerto Rican Parade & Festival del Coquí, Bushnell Park, Hartford 
The parade and festival are a one-day event at Bushnell Park during the first weekend in June, opening the season of Puerto Rican parades and festivals throughout New England. 
Click for More Info
Get Active, Get Healthy! CT Trails Days June 2-3, 2018
Connecticut may be a small state, but we’re big on fun outdoor activity--and with more than 200 events, our state hosts the biggest National Trails Day® celebration in the country.  CT Trails Days events, organized through the CT Forest and Park Association, are free and have a volunteer guide.  

Activities include: hikes, family walks, trail runs, paddles, bike rides, and even historical strolls.  

So come on out and join us as we get active to get healthy!  
Call Center Holiday Hours: Summer 2018
Our normal call center hours are Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm 
There are three holidays during summer 2018 that will result in the closing of our office and call center - which means that phone calls, live chats and email questions will not be answered on these days.  Please mark these days in your calendar and spread the word to your colleagues and the people you serve:
•    Monday, May 28: Memorial Day
•    Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day
•    Monday, September 3: Labor Day
Did You Miss Prescription Drug Take Back Day?
People who abuse controlled prescription drugs often get them from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends.  If you have unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications in your home, you can turn them in safely at a US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take Back Day event.  In case you missed Drug Take Back Day, you can Click Here to find public disposal locations near you throughout the year.
The US Environmental Protection Agency says never flush expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so.  Flushing medications lets them leach into the ground and groundwater, rivers and streams, and wastewater treatment systems, ultimately into our drinking water sources.  Water treatment plants are generally not equipped to routinely remove medicines.  Click Here to Learn More
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month… and National Bike Month Too!
Access Health CT supports the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  During May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life?  It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. 

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:
  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week.  Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.

Physical activity is for everyone.  No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May!
Quick Tips for Being More Active:
  • Choose the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  • Park your car as far away as possible so you have to walk a longer distance from your destination.  Even better, walk or cycle to run errands in your community.
  • Do you have children or relatives who play sports? Walk up and down the field while watching the game!
  • Get off the bus (or subway) one stop early and walk the rest of the way.
For More Information:
•    Ways to Be Active
•    For an online toolkit about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Click Here 
•    Guidelines on Physical Activity for Adults
•    National Bike to School Day (May 9) at walkbiketoschool.org  
•    Safe Routes to School National Partnership at saferoutespartnership.org 
Learn the ABC's of Skin Cancer
In partnership with Hartford Healthcare and WFSB, Access Health CT invites you to stop by and ask questions during this free event at Westfarms Mall in Farmington on June 6 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Please pass the word along to your clients, members, friends, and family who live or work nearby.

 
Access Health CT in the Community
Here are some great community events we attended around the state in April to remind people about the importance of getting, keeping, and using health insurance.
Blood pressure screening with WFSB and University of Saint Joseph at Meriden Mall
Yard Goats game in Hartford with Chompers, the Yard Goats mascot 
YMCA Healthy Kids Day in Bridgeport
Good Reads
Many thanks to the Connecticut Health Foundation for hosting an inspiring and enlightening conference on April 25, entitled The Future of Health Care in Connecticut:  Paths to Equity & Good Health for All.  You can find the presentations and related material here:  www.cthealth.org/events.   If you attended and want to continue the conversation with us, please let us know!  
“Let’s get R.E.L. (about health equity data)”
This blog post by Karen Siegel, health policy fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children, explains the importance of data on race and ethnicity when it comes to health, and details her organization’s research into what other states are doing, the gaps in Connecticut, and what we as a state could do better.  Click Here to Read More
Clip & Save Contacts
Our Access Health CT team is here to help you and the people you serve.  Here’s “who to go to, for what.”
Community Outreach, at outreach@accesshealthct.com
Speaking or training requests, event invitations, inquiries about partnering with Access Health CT
Customer Support for Certified Application Counselors, at IRD.Outreach@CT.Gov
Customer-Related Issues, such as Information on Effective Dates, Special Enrollment, Qualifying Life Events, etc.
Debra Eastman, at Debra.Eastman@ct.gov
or
Darwin Jurado, at Darwin.Jurado@ct.gov
 Non-Customer Related issues, such as verifying enrollment outcomes, proper documentation, Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)
AccessHealthCT.com to learn who qualifies and shop for plans online,
or call us at
1-855-372-2428 
Health Insurance Coverage during Special Enrollment, for customers with a Qualifying Life Event
Anthem: 1-855-738-6644
Connecticare: 1-800-251-7722 
DSS
1-800-656-6684
Plan-Specific Questions – Customers with questions about their plan benefits, billing, payments, ID cards and in-network services should contact their insurance company directly
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