State health care information for the criminal justice system

2015-06-15 Capture II

For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Connecticut

Connecticut has expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults effective January 1, 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Connecticut.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: Connecticut is operating its own state-based Marketplace. Visit Access Health CT to compare health plans that can be purchased on the exchange and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that may apply.

Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Connecticut can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately.  They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are three ways people can see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can access Connecticut’s online application for free or low cost health benefits.[iii]

2) They can call the helpline (1-855-805-4325, TTY: 1-855-789-2428).[iv]

3) They can access free, in-person help.[v]

 

Connecticut Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website[vi]for information on Medicaid and application forms to download and print

Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (1-855-626-6632, TTD/TTY 1-800-842-4524)[vii]

Link to contact information and locations for Connecticut Department of Social Services Regional Offices[viii]

Link to a summary of Connecticut’s basic eligibility guidelines[ix]

Link to information on Connecticut’s Medicaid State Plan[x]

In CT, benefits covered are the same for the traditionally eligible Medicaid population and the Medicaid expansion population under the ACA; link to a summary of covered services[xi]

Link to more information about the Connecticut Department of Social Services[xii]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xiii]

Link to Medicaid provider policies and regulations[xiv]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Connecticut’s health insurance exchange? Visit Access Health CT.[xv]

Where can you find help to enroll in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to enrollment help[xvi]

 

State Health Information

How many people in Connecticut are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Foundation State specific data, in 2013, 9% (328,100) of Connecticut’s population was uninsured.[xvii] The total number of potential marketplace participants is 224,000.[xviii]

How many are enrolled so far? 89,869 have selected a marketplace plan, as of January, 2015.[xix]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 128,000 of Connecticut’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 92,000 are adults.[xx]

Is Connecticut a Medicaid health home state?  Yes, link to information on health homes in Connecticut.[xxi]

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

Senate: Sen. Terri Gerratana (D-New Britain), and House: Rep. Susan Johnson (D-Willimantic), co-chair the Public Health Committee.[xxii]

 

Other Related Information and Links for Connecticut

Link to information on the Connecticut Department Correction[xxiii]

Link to information about Connecticut’s substance abuse and mental health services[xxiv]

Link to the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits or Connecticut Community Providers Association to get information about Connecticut’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Connecticut [xxv]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxvi]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxvii]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxviii]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxix]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxx]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxxi]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxii]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxiii]

 

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[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Connecticut, last viewed on December 24, 2014, at 11:01 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/connecticut.html.

[ii] See supra at 196.

[iii] See Access Health Connecticut, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 11:02 a.m., https://www.accesshealthct.com/AHCT/LandingPageCTHIX.

[iv] See supra at 199.

[v] See Access Health CT, Assistance Search, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 11:40 a.m., https://www.accesshealthct.com/AHCT/DisplayAssistanceSearch?activetab=help.

[vi] See Connecticut.gov, Department of Social Services, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 11:42 a.m., http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2353&q=305218.

[vii] See Connecticut.gov, Department of Social Services, Contact Us, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 11:44 a.m., http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2345&q=304868.

[viii] See ct.gov, Department of Social Services, Regional Offices, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 12:23 p.m., http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2345&q=490698

[ix] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on December 24, 2014, at 12:23 p.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)

[x] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on December 24, 2014, at 12:28 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Connecticut (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).

[xi] See ct.gov, Connecticut Medicaid Summary of Services, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 12:31 p.m, http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/pdfs/medicaidservicesv3kk.pdf.

[xii] See Connecticut Department of Social Services, About Us, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 12:39 p.m., http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2345&q=304858.

[xiii] See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on December 24, 2014, at 12:39 p.m., http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors. (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)

[xiv] See ct.gov, Department of Social Services, Provider Services, last viewed at December 24, 2014 at 12:42 p.m., https://www.ctdssmap.com/CTPortal/Provider/ProviderServices/tabid/51/Default.aspx.

[xv] See ct.gov, Access Health Connecticut, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 12:51 p.m., http://www.ct.gov/hix/site/default.asp.

[xvi]See Access Health CT, FAQs, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 12:55 p.m., http://learn.accesshealthct.com/faqs/.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 12:43 p.m., http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=CT.

[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 12:43 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at December 22, 2014, at 11:24 a.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xx] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on December 24, 2014, at 12:49 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-connecticut/.

[xxi] See The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Home State Plan Option, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 12:57 p.m., http://kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/health-home-state-plan-option/.

[xxii] See Connecticut Business and Industry Association, last viewed on December 24, 2014 at 1:06 p.m., http://www.cbia.com/pa/?.

[xxiii] See Connecticut Department of Corrections, last viewed on December 24, 2014, at 1:08 p.m., http://www.ct.gov/doc/site/default.asp.

[xxiv] See Connecticut.gov, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, last viewed on December 24, 2014, at 1:13 p.m., http://www.ct.gov/DMHAS/cwp/view.asp?a=2899&q=334082.

[xxv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=CT.

[xxvi]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvii]   See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxviii]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxix]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxx] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxxi] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxiii  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxiv See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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