Husky Health Partners

Overview

Husky Health Connecticut Special for Service Partners

Welcome to our online toolkit for partners in service to Connecticut residents eligible for the HUSKY Health program. We hope you find this content informative and useful in helping clients access and maintain eligibility. Please take a few moments to scroll through the toolkit. You can also reach this section at any time at www.ct.gov/dss/partners.

Connecticut Medicaid Leads the Way as National Medicaid Per-Member Cost Trend Lower Than Private Coverage, Medicare (update summary; news release and Connecticut Mirror coverage Opens in a new window Opens in a new window)

NEW! Protect & Provide:  Social Work Services (infographic)

Standing up for Children: Child Support Services (infographic)

Healthy People, Healthy State: Medicaid/HUSKY Health (infographic)

 MyPlaceCT.org -- Connect to Living Independently AND CaringCareers.org

MyPlaceCT.org is the State of Connecticut’s one-stop information and referral resource for Long-Term Services and Supports for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Here, you’ll find comprehensive, consumer-friendly information about services available to support home and community living. MyPlaceCT.org is also for families, friends and caregivers looking for resources and support for their loved ones. As a reliable source of independent, authorized information with no commercial agenda, MyPlaceCT.org offers helpful information about programs and services, providers and in-person help for independent living. Please visit www.MyPlaceCT.org Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window. And we’d like to invite you to check out www.CaringCareers.org Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window, the State of Connecticut’s new resource hub for in-home care careers. For background information, please visit our news release about the September 2016 launch of CaringCareers.org.

Updated [June 29, 2017] A Guide to Connecticut’s Person-Centered Medical Homes-Plus (PCMH+) Initiative

  • DSS issued a Request for Proposals from Person-Centered Medical Home practices, including both Federally Qualified Health Centers and PCMH physician practices individually or as part of a network to become Participating Entities (6-6-16); this link for the results of the procurement further information (10-4-16).  DSS has awarded nine applicants the right to negotiate a contract to become participating entities in initiative.  At this time, we expect to launch the initiative in January 2017.

NEW! Electronic Visit Verification

The Department of Social Services is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Sandata Technologies, LLC. in the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). 

EVV is a telephonic and computer-based in-home scheduling, tracking and billing system. Specifically, EVV documents the precise time and type of care provided by care-givers right at the point of care. 

Please follow this link for more information about this innovative new system.

SPECIAL TOPIC! How Connecticut is Linking Housing and Health Care Needs to Improve Outcomes, Control Costs

Connecticut is one of eight states on the leading edge of coordinating systems to ensure that people experiencing chronic homelessness and who have intensive health care needs and/or disabling conditions have access to a robust service package linked to housing opportunities and improved health outcomes.  We have been selected to participate in the Innovator Accelerator Program on State Medicaid-Housing Agency Partnerships, sponsored by the federal Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).  The overall goal is to break the cycle of homelessness and accompanying poor health by promoting a stabilizing quality of life and health care access that, in turn, reduces taxpayer cost in the Medicaid program.

EXTRA!  ‘Connecticut Bucks the Trend on Managing Medicaid’ (Wall Street Journal)

A Wall Street Journal article by health and science reporter Melinda Beck adds national perspective to Connecticut’s progress in Medicaid reform.  The HUSKY Health program has improved health outcomes and care experience for members, increased the number of participating providers, reduced administrative costs, streamlined access, and reduced per-member/per-month cost -- all after moving away from for-profit managed care insurers and using Intensive Care Management and Person-Centered Medical Homes, among other reform strategies.

Related: 'Spending & Enrollment Up, but Medicaid Per-Person Cost is Down' (CT Mirror)

A Connecticut Mirror article by health reporter Arielle Levin Becker takes an in-depth look at cost and enrollment trends in the HUSKY Health program, interviewing DSS health services and fiscal managers and including a series of graphic presentations.  Please follow this link for the Connecticut Mirror article from January 15, 2016 Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window.

For full immersion in Connecticut’s Medicaid reform agenda, please check out this package of materials from an Informational Forum on Connecticut’s Medicaid Expenditures, Initiatives and Long-Term Services & Supports Rebalancing, General Assembly’s Human Services, Public Health, Aging & Appropriations Committees (February 22, 2016):