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In This Month's Issue:
•    Register for the Community Conference!
•    Test Your Knowledge
•    Upcoming Webinars
•    Cross-Cultural Communications Symposium
•    Here’s to Your Health!
•    In the News
•    August Outreach Schedule
•    Last Month in the Community

Register Now: October 19 Community Conference  
Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Access Health CT Community Conference! This conference brings together our AHCT's community partners, including health care providers, Certified Application Counselors, and people from organizations devoted to building a healthier Connecticut for all. The conference is FREE. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. REGISTER TODAY!
AHCT Community Conference 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Red Lion Hotel, 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT
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Test Your Knowledge!
Our 3 Question Quiz is back!  Take this month’s quiz here.  Be sure to press “submit” and “view score” at the end to get the answers.  
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Upcoming Webinars
Overview of the CT Office of the Healthcare Advocate
Tuesday, August 7     1:00 - 2:00 PM
What is the Office of the Healthcare Advocate?  Do your clients or members need their services? Ted Doolittle, Connecticut’s Healthcare Advocate, will give an overview of his office’s services, some examples of how they’ve advocated for consumers, and how they’re working to help educate consumers. 

HDI's Equal Coverage to Care Coalition
Wednesday, August 29     11:00 - 12:00 PM
What did the UConn Health Disparities Institute’s “Equal Coverage to Care Coalition learn about health insurance literacy in Connecticut? What does it mean for you and your clients, members, or customers?  And what’s next?  Denise Smith, Research Associate and Projects Manager at UConn’s Health Disparities Institute, will tell us.


Did you miss our webinar on the Social Determinants of Health with Health Equity Solutions? Listen to past webinars on demand at our Community Page.
Cross-Cultural Communications Symposium
Downloadable materials from the Department of Consumer Protection’s Cross-Cultural Communications Symposium are now available here.  They’ll help you use national, community, ethnic, and traditional media to give the public truthful and relevant information, unify internal operations, inform policymakers, and more effectively identify and address the needs of under-served and diverse communities.
Here's to Your Health!
From Heat Exposure to Bike Injuries and Ticks, 10 Summer Injuries to Watch Out For
Summertime means more time playing at parks and in pools, riding bikes, and going to picnics.  While mostly fun, sometimes they lead to the kinds of illnesses and injuries emergency room doctors say they see more of when the temperatures start to climb. For smart summer health tips, read more here and here.
In the News
Federal Government Suspends Risk Adjustment Payments, Then Reverses Course 
In early July, the federal government suspended risk adjustment payments to insurers while a challenge to the ACA program is being resolved in court.  On July 24, the government reversed course, reinstating the payments.  Before that, ten state marketplaces, including Access Health CT, wrote federal officials asking them to defend the risk adjustment program in court and clarify that the suspension won’t affect 2019 insurance rates.  Risk adjustment programs reduce the incentive for insurers to steer sick applicants to state exchanges and sell only to “healthier” applicants. Read more here and here.

Webcast on Strategies for the ACA’s Individual Market 
The USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy hosted a recent conference on state strategies for stabilizing the individual market. Mark Hall from Brookings’ Center for Health Policy presented new research on ten states’ recent experiences with respect to individual market stability.  Two expert panels discussed the individual market at the state and national levels.  Watch the webcast recording or download the audio here.
Kudos to Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care
The National Committee for Quality Assurance recognized the Autism Center at New Britain’s Hospital for Special Care as the nation’s first and only level-three Patient Centered Specialty Practice, the highest level that a specialty practice can achieve. Read more.
August Outreach Schedule

As always, we’ll be out and about again this month, talking to folks about health insurance. Come see us!
Sat, August 11
New Haven
Festival Puertorriqueño de New Haven
Sat, August 11
Yard Goats Game 
Sat, August 18
Dragon Boat & Asian Festival
Fri, August 24
Yard Goats Game
Sat, August 25
New London
New London Pride
Wed, August 29
Yard Goats Game
Last Month in the Community
Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County
Our outreach team had a blast at the Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County in Bridgeport on July 8! 
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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