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It's June, that means it’s Pride month and Men’s Health Month, and more!  Here’s our roundup of Access Health CT’s activity planned for this month, and a recap from May.  

But first, get your calendar out and save the date of
Friday, October 19, 2018 for our Community Conference.  We’ll be back in Cromwell at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center (formerly the Crowne Plaza).  Stay tuned for registration details and the official agenda, coming in September!
In This Month's Issue:
  • June Awareness: Pride Month & Men's Health
  • Changes to HUSKY A Eligibility: What You Should Know
  • Keeping Up With the News
  • Out in the Community
  • Reminder: Holiday Hours This Summer
  • Help Us Connect With Your Community!
June Awareness = Pride & Men's Health

Saturday, June 9: Pride in the Park

In honor of Pride Month, Access Health CT participated  in Pride in the Park 2018 on Saturday, June 9, in Norwalk, CT.  The event was free and open to all.
Triangle Community Center (TCC), an Access Health CT community partner, is Fairfield County's leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.  TCC's client advocates help community members with social service navigation, food, drop-in services, document updates, emergency financial assistance, healthcare navigation and housing navigation at its Drop-In Center in Norwalk and at its satellite office at the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport.  TCC also produces CT's largest
Pride event each June, Fairfield County's Pride in the Park in Norwalk.  TCC’s key target population is the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County, however, the organization welcomes all who seek their services and has many clients who do not identify as LGBTQ.

Watch this video with TCC executive director Anthony Crisci to learn more about
Pride in the Park and TCC.
Change to HUSKY A Eligibility: What You Should Know
Starting July 1, 2018, the eligibility rules for HUSKY A are changing! A new State law, Senate Bill 543, Public Act 18-81, increases the income limit for HUSKY A - Parents & Caretaker Relatives 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. 

All impacted households
should soon receive a letter from the Department of Social Services that explains this change and provides guidance for enrolling in HUSKY A coverage.  About 3-6 days after July 1, 2018, these households should receive a letter with the final decision about their HUSKY Health coverage.  Access Health CT and the Department of Social Services will also reach out to certain Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollees in July to make sure they are aware of this change, targeting those individuals who were previously enrolled in HUSKY A.
For more information, please click here.
Good Reads
>Pregnancy Bill to Become Law Without Governor’s Signature:  
On June 1, Governor Malloy expressed concerns about a bill to expand insurance options for pregnant women.  The legislature passed the bill by overwhelming majorities.  The new law will allow pregnancy to trigger a 'special enrollment period' and let uninsured women enroll in health insurance plans outside of the annual open enrollment period.  Malloy opted to let the bill become law without signing it.  The bill is “undoubtedly admirable in its public policy goal,” Malloy said.  But he predicted that it would cause a spike in premiums for people buying health insurance on the individual market.  New York is the only other state that has a similar law on the books.  Read more at Malloy Expresses Reservations About Insurance Mandate For Pregnant Women (The Hartford Courant, 6/1/18).
>CT Passes Drug Transparency Law:  
Recently, Connecticut became one of three states to enact a drug cost transparency law. Maine and Vermont also passed similar laws.  Connecticut’s law (Public Act 18-41, An Act Concerning Prescription Drug Costs) requires drug makers, health insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to disclose certain cost information. The new law requires drug makers to justify, and insurers to report, large increases in drug prices, while PBMs must report how much they collect in rebates and how much they keep. Read more at NASHP news (June 5, 2018).
>Two More Health Care Bills and a Warning: 
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed two health care bills into law, including one that protects key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but also warned lawmakers that he will have to find a way to pay for the insurance coverage.  The bills will require insurance companies to provide full coverage in Connecticut for essential health benefits, as well as coverage for prosthetic devices.  With increasing costs and the elimination of the penalty for not having health insurance, Connecticut lawmakers must find a balance between maintaining access to care while keeping costs affordable.  Read more at A Warning on Health Law (Journal Inquirer, 5/30/18).
>Some States are Expanding “Obamacare:”
State governments that support Obamacare are resisting efforts by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back the law, and are moving to either expand it or reinstate provisions that were rolled back.  While some states have tried to loosen ACA rules or offer their residents less expensive alternatives, other states are stepping in with their own proposals.  Read more at Five Ways States are Expanding “Obamacare” (The Washington Examiner, 5/30/18).
Out in the Community - Where We're Headed Next
Our year-round outreach initiatives have the Access Health CT team out and about the state to remind residents about the importance of getting insured, staying insured, and using your benefits.
For a list of our upcoming events, click here!
Access Health CT was a proud sponsor and participant of the NAMI Connecticut (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 2018 Walk on Saturday, May 19th.  

With a theme of “Stepping Towards Hope and Wellness,” we were thrilled to help stamp out the stigma that people with mental health needs often face.  Despite grey skies and rain, the turnout was great and the AHCT team made a great mark by walking an extra round and putting a smile on everyone with our enthusiastic cheers!  
What is NAMI CT? Learn more in our interview with Thomas Burr
Getting Active, Getting Healthy, on CT Trails Day 2018
To encourage people to get out and get active, Access Health CT and staff supported CT Trails Day--actually a weekend full of outdoor activities to celebrate Connecticut’s beautiful trails and parks.  Were you out there, too?  Let us know, and send us a photo at
Call Center Holiday Hours: Summer 2018
Our normal call center hours are Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm 
There are two more 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:

•    Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day
•    Monday, September 3: Labor Day
Help Us Make a Connection!
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