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Community Health Workers: A Positive Return on Investment for Connecticut

Research shows that community health workers can improve people’s health while controlling costs. To offer a sense of community health workers’ potential in Connecticut and the strong return on investment they offer, the Connecticut Health Foundation commissioned researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Law and Economics to design four potential […] Read More

Policy & Advocacy


Impact of Reducing Eligibility for HUSKY Parents from 155% of FPL to 138% of FPL

Background Connecticut currently offers Medicaid (HUSKY A) to parents whose income is at or below 155 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). HUSKY eligibility for parents was rolled back in 2015, when the income limit was reduced from 201 percent of FPL to 155 percent. Most parents (about 17,000) affected by that change lost […] Read More

Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy


School-Based Health Centers: Critical to Health Reform and Improved Outcomes for Students

Background Connecticut is transforming care delivery statewide by creating sustainable, effective linkages between clinical and community settings to improve access to preventive and chronic care services. Positioned within school settings, and with primary and behavioral health services co-located, school-based health centers (SBHCs) help students overcome barriers to accessing care. Connecticut has made a wise investment in […] Read More

Health Equity, Policy & Advocacy


Town by Town HUSKY data — Covering CT 2016

Election day is November 8th, 2016 this year. It’s a general election year and 111 of our 151 state House members and 32 of our 36 state Senators face opposition from a major party. We thought that this was a good time to put together the facts about health coverage in Connecticut and provide the […] Read More

ACA, Health Equity, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy


Connecticut Hospital Readmissions Infographic

At the Connecticut Health Foundation, we think of hospital readmissions as a “canary in the coal mine” health care quality measure because unexpectedly needing to return to the hospital after a discharge signals a range of connected problems that tell us the system is not working optimally: Pain and suffering in the lives of patients […] Read More

ACA, Health Equity, Policy & Advocacy


Greater Dental Access Reduces Inequities & Boosts Sealant Use Among HUSKY-Insured Kids

CAN PUBLIC POLICY CHANGES IMPROVE CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH? Changes to Connecticut’s Medicaid program (HUSKY) in 2008 provided a unique opportunity to examine the impact of new policies on the oral health outcomes of low-income children. Higher Medicaid reimbursement rates, streamlined provider enrollment procedures for participating dentists, as well as outreach to communities, individuals and dentists […] Read More

Health Equity, Medicaid, Oral Health, Policy & Advocacy

Brief, Infographic

Community Health Worker Certification in 15 States

Certification without over-professionalization increases the likelihood that community health workers (CHWs) will get hired and that their services will get paid. A group of CHW stakeholders is forming through Connecticut’s State Innovation Model (“SIM”) initiative to make recommendations for CHW certification requirements and processes for Connecticut.  Connecticut’s Medicaid (“HUSKY”) program is also interested in certification […] Read More

ACA, Health Equity, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy


Community Water Fluoridation Facts and Talking Points

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released new guidelines on water fluoridation, meaning that Connecticut needs to update its recommended water fluoridation range to align with HHS. Specifically, Connecticut needs to drop its fluoride level slightly to reflect the fact that in this day and age, people receive fluoride’s benefits from […] Read More

Oral Health


How Waivers Work: ACA Section 1332 and Medicaid Section 1115

Many health care programs, including Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, operate according to federal law. Using waivers, states can gain federal approval to increase their flexibility within that law. States have long used Medicaid Section 1115 waivers to manage their Medicaid programs. The ACA introduced the State Innovation Waiver, also known […] Read More

ACA, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy