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!
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Connecticut Health & Education Facilities Authority Nonprofit Grant Program
The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA or Authority) provides access to tax-exempt financing and other financial assistance to educational institutions, healthcare providers, childcare providers and other eligible not-for-profit entities.
The Authority is accepting proposals in the areas of child care, cultural, education and health care for:
|Breastfeeding Support Model for Community Health Centers
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for community health centers. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to pilot a breastfeeding support model for CHCs and a technical assistance project to help CHCs explore and adopt policy, system and environmental solutions to increase their capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services to the families they serve.
|School-Based Health Center RFP
The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to provide coordinated, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, School Based Health Center (SBHC) services that may include: outreach, primary care, mental/behavioral health, dental health care and health promotion/education at one school in East Hartford, and one school anywhere in Connecticut. Services are expected to begin on or before March 1, 2019.
|Community Foundation of Eastern CT
The Community Foundation of Eastern CT has a variety of grants for health and social service projects that impact youth and adults in Eastern CT.
|American Savings Foundation Community Grants
The American Savings Foundation will fund direct service grants for education, human services, and arts and culture in its 64-town service area.
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