**Bulletin--the DSS Bridgeport Field Office is currently closed because of maintenance/repair issues.

**DSS Field Offices are now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

**DSS Field Offices and our staffed telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT or 1-855-626-6632) are closed on Wednesdays to allow our staff time to process applications, renewals and related work.

**24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or our automated Client Information Line at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632). More about 24/7 access options at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

Press Releases

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  • 4/27/2016 State Joins Joint State-Federal Settlement with Wyeth Resolving Allegations of Underpaying Rebates

    Connecticut will take part in a global $784.6 million settlement with drug-maker Wyeth to resolve allegations that the company knowingly underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program for the sales of the drug Protonix, Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State's Attorney Kevin T. Kane and Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today.

  • 3/23/2016 Lt. Gov. Wyman, Gov. Malloy, State Officials on 6th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

    Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Chair of the Board of Access Health CT (AHCT), Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh, Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick Bremby, Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Katharine L. Wade, and State Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri issued statements on the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Lt. Governor Wyman said, "This law has had tremendous impact in Connecticut, ensuring more than 700,000 residents have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Our leadership has not only cut the state's uninsured rate in half, but has also provided guidance for other states. This makes for healthier communities and a stronger, more productive workforce." Please click on above link for the full statements.

  • 3/8/2016 AG Jepsen: State Enters Settlement with Tolland Psychiatrist Resolving False Claim Allegations

    A Tolland psychiatrist will pay $404,798 to settle a civil False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that she submitted false claims for payments to Connecticut's Medicaid program. The resolution stems from a lawsuit and settlement agreement approved yesterday by a Hartford Superior Court judge, Attorney General George Jepsen said today…"As administering agency for Medicaid in Connecticut, DSS works closely with our state and federal partners to safeguard the integrity of the program," said DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby. "While this false claims case does not represent medical providers as a whole, it does highlight the fact that constant vigilance is necessary to protect taxpayer investments in public health coverage. We thank Attorney General Jepsen and his staff, the Division of Criminal Justice Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the HHS Inspector General’s Office for their outstanding work in coordination with DSS quality assurance investigators."

  • 3/8/2016 Gov Malloy Reminds Residents There is Still Time to Apply for Winter Heating Assistance

    (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying winter heating bills that there is still time to apply for federal energy assistance benefits.

  • 1/4/2016 Governor Malloy Activates State Severe Cold Weather Protocol Through Tuesday Morning; Anyone Seeking Shelter Should Call 2-1-1

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced he has activated the state's Severe Cold Weather Protocol in anticipation of temperatures in the teens and single digits and wind chills below zero overnight. The protocol is effective beginning the afternoon of Monday, January 4, 2016 and will remain in effect through the morning of Tuesday, January 5.

  • 12/21/2015 State Reaches False Claims Act Settlement with Southington Dental Provider

    A Southington dentist will pay $55,000 to settle civil healthcare fraud allegations involving the filing of false and fraudulent claims for payments from Connecticut's Medicaid program, Attorney General George Jepsen said today…[The provider] has agreed to pay $55,000 to resolve the False Claims Act allegations. In addition, he has agreed to enter into a separate agreement with the Department of Social Services to be permanently barred from participation as a dentist in the CT Medical Assistance Program

  • 12/17/2015 State Joins Global Settlement with with Novartis Pharmaceuticals to Resolve Kickback Allegations

    Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and state Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today that Connecticut has joined a global settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. The settlement resolves allegations that Novartis provided kickbacks to certain specialty pharmacies in exchange for recommending the drug Exjade to Medicaid and Medicare patients. Novartis has paid the states and the federal government $390 million to resolve these allegations.

  • 12/14/2015 More Than One Thousand Toys And Gifts Donated To Children in Foster Care

    State Employees from Department of Social Services Play Role of Santa For Children Separated From Family During The Holiday

  • 11/9/2015 State Joins National Settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, and Cephalon, Inc., to Resolve Overcharging Allegations

    Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today that Connecticut has joined a federal-state settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP and Cephalon, Inc. to resolve allegations that the companies inappropriately overcharged state Medicaid programs for drugs.

  • 11/6/2015 DSS Middletown Office Moving to South Main Street

    The state Department of Social Services is re-locating its Middletown field office to a larger, modern facility at 2081 South Main Street (Route 17) on Monday, Nov. 9.

  • 8/5/2015 Governor Malloy Encourages Consumers to Support Connecticut Grown Products

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy today visited the North End Farmers’ Market in Hartford, where he held an event to promote Connecticut Grown products and encouraged residents to purchase locally-grown, healthy food at their neighborhood farmers’ markets… Some farmers’ markets, including the North End market that the Governor visited today, will actually double the face value of SNAP benefits, increasing both consumers’ buying power and the amount of product sold by farmers.

  • 8/4/2015 State Joins $2.7 Million National Settlement with Pediatric Services of America, Inc. to Resolve Overcharging Allegations

    Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today that Connecticut has joined a federal-state settlement with Pediatric Services of America Inc. (PSA) to resolve allegations that the company inappropriately failed to return overpayments received from state Medicaid programs as well as other federally insured health programs

  • 6/18/2015 Attorney General: AG Jepsen Files False Claims Act Complaint Alleging Psychiatrist Knowingly Submitted False Claims to the Connecticut Medicaid Program

    Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that he has filed a complaint in Hartford Superior Court under the Connecticut False Claims Act seeking treble damages and other relief stemming from an alleged long-running scheme to submit false claims to the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP) from January 2010 through December 2014.

  • 6/8/2015 State Reaches Settlements with Three Defendants in Alleged Fraudulent Medicaid Billing Lawsuit

    The state has executed settlement agreements with three defendants that resolve civil fraud allegations and claims stemming from an illegal Medicaid dental billing scheme, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.

  • 5/29/2015 Gov. Malloy Announces $3 Million in Nursing Home 'Rebalancing' Grants; Second Round of Funding Promotes Choice in Long-Term Care System

    For full information on the Connecticut’s Strategic Plan to Re-balance Long-Term Services and Supports, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/rebal.