Publications

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Medicaid

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

Brief

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

Report

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

Report

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

Brief

Using Waivers to Improve Health Care Affordability and Access in Connecticut

Despite improvements in health insurance coverage in Connecticut over the past decade, the combination of insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs at the point of service makes access to affordable health care difficult for some Connecticut residents. This brief considers how the state government might use program waivers (Medicaid section 1115 and Affordable Care Act section […] Read More


ACA, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief

Tomorrow’s Health Care System Needs Community Health Workers: A Policy Agenda

Community Health Workers (“CHWs”) bridge the doctors office and the community. They can help clinicians fill the gap between current practice and new expectations of higher quality care at reduced cost under health reform. Policies are needed to enable the integration of CHWs into Connecticut’s health care delivery and payment systems. Read More


ACA, Health Equity, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief

Ensuring Continuous Coverage for HUSKY Parents: Lessons & Strategies from Rhode Island

This case study reports key outcomes, lessons, and strategies from Rhode Island’s experience rolling back Medicaid eligibility for parents in 2014. The lessons and strategies can inform Connecticut’s efforts to keep HUSKY Parents with incomes between 156 percent and 201 percent of the Federal Poverty Level covered by other HUSKY programs and commercial health insurance through Access Health CT when Connecticut’s eligibility rollback begins taking effect August 2015. Read More


ACA, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief

How Proposed HUSKY Cuts Will Harm Low-Income Families

This brief reports key findings of an analysis commissioned by the Connecticut Health Foundation to examine the potential impact of changes in eligibility requirements for low-income HUSKY A parents with family incomes between 138 – 201 percent of the federal poverty level. Read More


ACA, Medicaid, Policy & Advocacy

Brief