This Week in CHCACTion!
October 29, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
On Thursday of this week, Open Enrollment begins for Access Health CT health plans for 2019. Open Enrollment will go from November 1st through December 15th. CHCACT is pleased to partner once again with Access Health CT and all of our state’s health centers, to help promote Open Enrollment and resolve issues as needed.
Although there is still discussion at the federal level around the Affordable Care Act, it is important to realize that most of the law is still in place. People can still purchase health insurance through Access Health CT, and they can still receive financial assistance from the federal government if they qualify (based on income and household size). The plans sold must still cover 10 essential health benefits, including maternity care, pediatrics, prescription drugs, and preventive services. People can get a free wellness visit each year, as well as free screenings, as appropriate, like mammograms and colonoscopies.
The big change for 2019 is that there will no longer be a fine for not having health insurance – this fine was reduced to $0 in the tax package passed last year but is only going into effect in January. This means that people may feel like they don’t need to buy health insurance. However, we know it’s best to have health insurance – even if you are not sick! – because of the availability of wellness checks, and just in case you do get sick, have an accident or develop a chronic disease. You can compare plans on Access Health CT today – and enter in some general information about your family’s health care needs to learn about which plan(s) might be best for you. (Hint: it’s not always the cheapest plan).
CHCACT’s biweekly “Coffee & EnRolls” conference calls with the health centers’ Certified Application Counselors will resume next week – more details to follow! In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about Open Enrollment!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|HRSA Oral Health Infrastructure
The Oral Health Infrastructure supplemental funding will support one-time infrastructure enhancements that enhance new or existing high quality, integrated oral health services in health centers.
|Connecticut Healthy Communities Project
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to implement community-wide health promotion activities for the Connecticut Healthy Communities Project (CT HCP). Selected applicants will facilitate implementation of food service guidelines (FSGs) in community settings and worksites to increase the availability of healthier foods and coordinate with DPH to promote breastfeeding.
|Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative)
The YES Initiative seeks to support projects that address the HHS priority to expand youth participation in sports and encourage regular physical activity, especially for youth populations with lower rates of sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas.
|Centering Healthcare Institute Implementation Awards
The Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) looks to expand access to the Centering model of group healthcare in communities where group care can have the greatest impact. With this expansion, CHI has developed a program offering implementation support and facilitation training to 130 eligible sites – primarily in FQHCs and community health centers – eliminating the financial barrier to those in resource-limited communities. CenteringParenting is the focus of this initiative.
Please note that this is not a monetary award, but the granting of in-kind services.
This Week in Health Policy News
Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Deb Polun at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
10.25.18 New Haven Independent — Prosecutor Offers Reason for Pilot Program’s Slow Start (feat. CS-Hill)
10.25.18 Norwich Bulletin — Colchester Learns About the Dangers of Vaping (feat. UCFS)
10.23.18 Norwich Bulletin — Op-Ed – Having Soft Teeth is Mostly a Myth (feat. UCFS)
10.24.18 CT Viewpoints — Hartford Raises the Age for Buying Tobacco Products – It’s a Good Start
10.24.18 CT Mirror — Lamont Blasts Stefanowski’s Comments on Vaccinations
10.24.18 Hartford Business Journal — Report – Greater Hartford Top 10 in Health Care
10.26.18 NY Times — Breast Feeding is Good for the Mother, Not Just the Baby
10.25.18 NPR — Trump Aims to Lower Some US Drug Spending By Factoring in What Other Countries Pay
10.25.18 Kaiser Health News — Booming Economy Helps Flatten Medicaid Enrollment and Limit Costs
10.24.18 Vox — Health Secretary Says Opioid Epidemic May Be Turning Around – Not So Fast