This Week in CHCACTion
October 16, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week was full of activities geared to get Connecticut’s health centers ready for the upcoming Open Enrollment period!
Open Enrollment for insurance policies sold through Access Health CT will be November 1st-December 22nd. As always, individuals and families can get help enrolling in commercial insurance plans or in HUSKY from Certified Application Counselors (CACs) at any federally-qualified health center across the state (find a health center here).
Approximately 100 health center staff members are in the process of (or have already completed) this year’s CAC training and certification. All training/certification is expected to be completed by the middle of this week, so that health centers are ready to go for November 1st.
Also last week, Access Health CT held a Community Conference, with almost 200 attendees, including 60 health center staff from every health center in the state! Attendees had the opportunity to learn about immigration issues, outreach to diverse populations, leveraging the power of volunteers and more. Anton Gunn, one of President Obama’s top spokespeople on the Affordable Care Act, presented an inspiring keynote address. CACs and others learned they’ve “got the power” to truly impact people’s lives with the work they do.
CHCACT will once again be hosting Coffee & EnRolls conference calls, to allow CACs to share information with each other, as well as representatives from Access Health CT, about how Open Enrollment is going. These calls will be held every other Wednesday at 9:00 am, beginning October 25th. Get in touch with me if you’d like to learn more!
And, if you are confused about recent federal actions on health care, read our recent facebook post.
Please help spread the word about Open Enrollment!
Have a great week!
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This Week in Health Policy News
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10.10.17 NBC Connecticut — Health Care Concerns Mount with Open Enrollment Set to Begin (feat. Charter Oak Health Center)
10.10.17 Register Citizen — Blumenthal Visits Torrington to Discuss Ramifications of Funding Cut for Community Health Centers (feat. CHWC-Greater Torrington)
10.10.17 CT NewsJunkie — Advocates Rush to Save Health Care Programs for Low-Income Residents
10.13.17 CT NewsJunkie — CT Joins Lawsuit to Save Obamacare Subsidy
10.13.17 Fairfield County Business Journal — Amid Obamacare Uncertainty, Access Health CT Soldiers On