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Happy September!

Open Enrollment Begins November 1, 2018

In This Month's Issue:
  • Community Conference Meet Dr. Everette!
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Small Business Coverage
  • Update: 1095-A Phone Lines
  • In the News
  • Here’s to Your Health!
  • Outreach Schedule
  • Last Month in the Community
Community Conference 2018 - Don't Miss Out!
You heard her as a guest presenter on our Social Determinants of Health webinar in July and now, we're excited to announce Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette as this year's Community Conference keynote speaker.
Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette is the Executive Director of Health Equity Solutions. Her passion for social justice was fueled by her personal experiences and influences as a child. As a youth, she experienced delays in diagnosing asthma, and faced challenges accessing and navigating the health care system. These experiences gave Everette first-hand knowledge of the importance of health and health care access. This, combined with her admiration for social justice trailblazers such as Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Jordan, and Sandra Day O'Conner, inspired Everette to dedicate her life’s work toward eradicating health care inequities through advocacy and policy.

Don't miss out on a chance to hear Tekisha and our other great lineup of speakers, which we'll announce soon. The conference is FREE. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

AHCT Community Conference 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Red Lion Hotel, 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT
Register Today!

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?   
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Upcoming Webinar: RSVP Today!
Mental Health in CT

Wednesday, September 26     1:00 - 2:00 PM
President & CEO of Mental Health Connecticut Luis Perez will cover the status of mental health and the state of mental health insurance literacy in CT. People experience administrative problems, delays in care, denials of coverage, and unexpected medical bills all due in part to a lack of mental health insurance literacy.    

You can listen to any of our recent webinars on demand. 
Visit our
Community page and click on Webinars.
Coverage for Small Businesses
Did you know Access Health CT offers health and dental coverage for small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees? Our plans are built specifically for small businesses, with flexible options that make quality healthcare coverage more affordable and attainable — and we offer expert advice and support. You may even qualify for a tax credit.

Visit AccessHealthCTSmallBiz.com to learn more and get a quote.

Important Update from Access Health
Phone Line for 1095-A Inquiries
Last week, we deactivated the Access Health 1095-A phone support lines (860-757-6800 and 860-757-6803).  The message on these lines will direct callers to contact the call center for all 1095-related inquiries.  Our call center representatives will escalate any 1095-related inquiries that cannot be handled by them.

In the News
CT Insurance Department Addresses Short-Term Health Plans
In its Bulletin HC-121 issued August 9, 2018, the Connecticut Insurance Department determined that short-term, limited-duration health plans offered in Connecticut must provide coverage for essential health benefits.  The department also concluded that short-term plans that extend beyond six months may not exclude coverage for preexisting conditions.  Read more.

Impact of the ACA:  Characteristics of the Remaining Uninsured 
Examining the impact of the Affordable Care Act, a new report by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that:
  • The ACA has resulted in a 19 million fewer uninsured people in the US between 2010 and 2017, according to the National Health Interview Survey. 
  • The uninsured rate fell for all age groups but most dramatically among young adults ages 18 to 34.
  • Uninsured rates declined significantly among non-Hispanic whites, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics between 2015 and 2017. The uninsured rate among non-Hispanic black people did not decline further during this period, so this group grew as a share of the total uninsured population, from 13.7% in 2015 to 15% in 2017.
  • The largest drop in the uninsured rate was in the Northeast, from 9.1%in 2015 to 7.4% in 2017. The uninsured rate fell in each of the other regions as well, but the reduction was smallest in the South. Roughly 49.2% of the uninsured lived in the South in 2017, up from 46.5% in 2015.   Read more.

HBJ: Hartford nonprofit launches mobile pharmacy
Hartford nonprofit Community Renewal Team (CRT) has partnered with a pharmacy to provide a free mobile pharmacy service to people who are HIV positive.  Patients will receive free prescriptions at their home, with no co-pay. Those enrolled may also receive free vitamins, toothpaste, and other healthcare products.  Read more.

Connecticut Gets $10M Federal Grant for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
Connecticut is getting a $10 million federal grant to increase access to integrated care for people with substance use and mental health disorders. Funding will also address the opioid crisis in the state by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment. The grant was awarded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Read more.

Here's to Your Health!
The Mayo Clinic: Tips for a Better Night's Sleep 
  • Eat meals (especially dinner) at the same time each day and at least two to three hours before bedtime.
  • Stay active. Any activity is good! For best results, get moving 20 to 30 minutes most days, at least four to six hours before bedtime.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night and get up about the same time every morning — even on weekends.  Read more.
NIH: Tickborne diseases are likely to increase, say NIH officials
Tickborne infections in the US have has risen significantly within the past decade and are considerably underreported, according to the National Institutes of Health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease annually in the U.S. but estimates that the true incidence is 10 times that number. Here's how to avoid tick bites, according to the CDC.  
September Outreach Schedule

As always, we’ll be out and about again this month, talking to folks on:
Sat, Sept 8
Capital City Pride
Sat, Sept 15
New Haven
New Haven Pride
Sat, Sept 15
Norwich Healthy Living Festival
Sun, Sept 16
Enfield's Family Back to School
Thur, Sept 20
3rd Thursday Street Fest
Last Month in the Community

Access Health CT enjoyed the hundreds of smiling faces at the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) 4th Annual Back to School Block Party on August 15!
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 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?

Thank you for being an
AHCT Community Partner! 
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