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+ 3 Things Everyone Should Know About The Covered Connecticut Program (accesshealthct.com)

Covered Connecticut Program Now Available to Adults Without Children, Includes Dental and Transportation Benefits

The program is available to eligible Connecticut residents at no cost, created and funded by the State of Connecticut and administered by the Department of Social Services

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 28, 2022) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced new eligibility requirements for the Covered Connecticut Program and additional benefits for those that qualify. The program launched July 1, 2021, to provide health insurance at no cost to parents and caretaker relatives who meet all eligibility requirements and is now available to Connecticut residents without children who also satisfy all eligibility criteria. As of July 1, 2022, the program provides dental coverage and non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) benefits.

Created and funded by the State of Connecticut, the Covered Connecticut Program is available at no cost to those who meet the eligibility requirements. It is administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Customers can enroll in the program at any time they meet eligibility requirements. Coverage starts on the first of the month following enrollment. For example, if a person enrolls on July 5, their coverage begins on August 1.

Along with paying the customer’s portion of the monthly payment (premium) directly to their insurance company (Anthem or ConnectiCare), the State of Connecticut also pays for the cost-sharing amounts (deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and maximum out-of-pocket costs) that customers would typically have to pay with a health insurance plan.

“We encourage people to visit AccessHealthCT.com to see if they qualify for the Covered Connecticut Program,” said Chief Executive Officer of AHCT, James Michel. “And residents who do qualify do not have to wait until Open Enrollment to apply – they can do it today.”

To qualify, Connecticut residents must: have a household income up to and including 175% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and not qualify for HUSKY Health/Medicaid because of income; be eligible for financial help including Advance Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) and Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs); and use 100% of the financial help available to them. They must also be enrolled in a Silver-level health insurance plan.

Federal Poverty Level (FPL) chart:

House Hold Size  1  2  3  4  5  6 7  8
Ineligible for HUSKY/Medicaid and have a household income up to and including 175% of the FPL  $22,540  30,485  38,430  46,375  54,320  62,265  70,210  78,155

Connecticut residents can find out if they are eligible for the Covered Connecticut Program by completing an application at AccessHealthCT.comand can find free help and enroll online, in-person or by phone.

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “live chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real time. Live chat is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

For free in-person help, residents may work with acertified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit the Get Help webpage.

In addition, residents may visit either of Access Health CT’s Navigator partner locations:

  • Project Access New Haven, located at 63 York Street in New Haven; Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Community Renewal Team, located at 330 Market Street in Hartford; Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Residents may also contact the call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator.