Putting The Affordable Health Care Act Into Practice
October 1, 2013 is the official launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Residents of Connecticut can sign up for health insurance if they currently do not have coverage or if they want to change their current insurance provider. For many the ACA is confusing and complex. In an effort to help simplify this new law, we have provided links that will be helpful sorting out your questions and concerns.
We will update this site as new information becomes available.
Access Health CT (also known as the Exchange) was created by the Connecticut Legislature in 2011 and is a quasi-public agency established to satisfy requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act. Its mission is to increase the number of insured residents in Connecticut, promote health, lower costs and eliminate health disparities. Its vision is to provide a simple online shopping and enrollment experience for state residents and small businesses, starting with open enrollment in October 2013.
Access Health CT will ensure that participating health plans meet certain standards, and will facilitate competition and choice by rating the quality of each plan. Individuals and families buying coverage through the Exchange may qualify for tax credits on premiums. The Exchange will also coordinate eligibility and enrollment with state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs. More information is available at http://www.accesshealthct.com/.
Hope and Destiny:
A Patient's and Parent's Guide to Sickle Cell Anemia
The Sickle Cell brochure is a quick reference guide for patients and parents of children with Sickle Cell disease or trait. This guide has the pertinent information needed to guide users to answers about the illness. The brochure is a pared-down version of the Hope & Destiny book
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Flu Shot Clinic Locations
The HealthMap Vaccine Finder website informs Connecticut residents of clinics sponsored by pharmacies and other providers where they can get seasonal flu vaccination shots. The website operates September 2013 through February 2014. Please note that most immunization sites only give flu shots to adults ages 18+. Some sites will take children; however, most children receive a flu shot from their pediatricians. For further information click here.
End Hepatitis C Health Disparities for African Americans
Hepatitis C is a major racial/ethnic health disparity -- particularly for African Americans. African Americans have higher rates of death associated with hepatitis C, and are twice as likely to have ever been infected with hepatitis C compared to whites. With new treatments on the horizon, there are tools to end the hepatitis C epidemic.
End African American hepatitis C health disparities
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