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news Federal Reserve Approves Low-Income Health Insurance Plan

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The federal government has approved a $40 million plan to help Connecticut residents who are stuck in the health insurance affordability gap.

Called Covered Connecticut, the plan is designed to provide premium coverage to people who make a lot of money to cover with a Husky, but not enough to buy a subsidized plan on the exchange. Helpful.

“This federal funding will support state action to improve health equity and reduce health disparities by improving the affordability and accessibility of health insurance,” said Gov. Ned Lamont. It helps to do that,” he said.

In 2018, individuals with incomes between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty level made up 13% of Connecticut’s population, but 26% of uninsured residents. The new federal exemption fills the gap by providing free compensation to individuals who occupy up to 175% of the federal poverty level.

This is expected to cover up to 40,000 residents in Connecticut.

Under the waiver, the state will provide eligible health insurance plans offered by Anthem Health, ConnectiCare Benefits, and ConnectiCare Insurance with monthly premiums and the amount normally paid by members after using all available federal assistance. We will directly reimburse you for your share of the costs. As deductibles, copayments, and co-insurance copayments.

Dental and non-emergency transportation services not covered by health insurance are provided through HUSKY.

This waiver was sought by the Connecticut Department of Social Services on behalf of the Lamont Administration, with the support and cooperation of the Connecticut Department of Health Strategies, the Connecticut Department of Health, and Access Health Connecticut.

“The new Targeted Connecticut Program is already helping more than 10,000 state residents get free access to quality health care,” said Deidre Gifford, Commissioner of Social Services. . “This support from CMS’s federal partners will allow us to continue our efforts to close the health insurance gap and improve the health of our state residents.”

Access Health CT CEO James Michel said the goal is to reduce the number of uninsured people in the state.

“Innovative approaches such as the Covered Connecticut program go a long way toward achieving these mission-driven goals,” said Michel. “And more importantly, the federal funds approved to continue the Covered Connecticut Program go to Connecticut residents who are eligible to benefit from free health care, dental, and non-emergency medical transportation. It will have a huge positive impact on your health and wellness.”

Senator Matt Lesser, co-chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, said he wants to help the program grow as the cost of health insurance increases.

“Going forward, we need to expand Covered Connecticut to help middle-income families who struggle with very high co-pays and deductibles,” says Lesser.

To sign up for a qualifying Connecticut plan, visit AccessHealthCT or call 1-855-805-4325 for free assistance from an Access Health CT representative.

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