Connecticut: 13.8K to lose Medicaid at end of month; 2,800 moved to new coverage
ACCESS HEALTH CT PROVIDES TRANSITIONAL MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ENROLLMENT UPDATE
2,846 individuals have enrolled in a new healthcare plan
Hartford, Conn. (July 8, 2016) - Access Health CT (AHCT) CEO Jim Wadleigh provided an update today on enrollment of approximately 13,811 parents and caregivers who will lose their Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA) on July 31st when they no longer meet the HUSKY A eligibility requirements due to a change in legislation last year. As of July 7, 2016, 2,846 individuals have enrolled in a new healthcare plan via the exchange. Of those, 1,966 applications have been re-determined eligible for coverage in a HUSKY program through the integrated eligibility system with the Department of Social Services, and 880 have enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) with AHCT.
I seem to recall reading (and possibly even writing) something about this last year; the bottom line is that the CT legislature tweaked the state budget in a way which resulted in 13.8K Connecticut residents who are currently covered by traditional Medicaid being kicked off of the program...although it sounds like at least a couple thousand of them turned out to be eligible for a different Medicaid program instead ("HUSKY" is the name for Medicaid in Connecticut). Another 900 moved to a private exchange QHP, presumably with heavy APTC assistance.
It sounds like the remaining 11,000 people had better get cracking if they don't want to be left high & dry in less than a month.
“We consider every person who signs up for a new plan to be a success and we continue to see more TMA individuals enroll every day,” said Wadleigh, “This means our outreach is working. We will continue to promote our TMA enrollment fairs, make direct calls to eligible residents, make call center representatives available on Saturdays and reach out via the media and our social media channels to ensure that everyone who wants to enroll in a new plan has the information and assistance they need. We don’t want anyone to experience a gap in coverage.”
AHCT has worked in collaboration with the Department of Social Services, the Office of Policy and Management, the Office of the Healthcare Advocate and community partner organizations to develop an outreach plan for the TMA population. Individuals who have been notified that they will lose their HUSKY coverage should take one of the following steps to ensure they do not have a gap in coverage:
- Call our call center: 855-805-4325 (Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm & Saturdays 10am to 2pm
- Visit us online: www.accesshealthct.com/husky-move
- Visit a Certified Enrollment Councilor (CAC) located at many CT hospitals
- Visit Certified Enrollment Councilors (CAC) at Federally Qualified Health Centers through-out CT
- Attend an upcoming enrollment fair: http://learn.accesshealthct.com/husky-move/