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
|New Access Points Funding
HRSA announces the availability of $50 million in New Access Points (NAP) funding for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program. The purpose of the Health Center Program NAP funding opportunity is to provide operational support for new service delivery sites under the Health Center Program to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services. Organizations can apply for up to $650,000 per year.
Applications are due in Grants.gov by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), and HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00 p.m. ET). HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September.
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