July Access Health CT Board Meeting

By Rosana Garcia

1004895_526115117456586_1489496477_nThe Access Health CT Board of Directors met on July 14.  Here are some highlights:

  • Vicki Veltri, formerly the state’s Health Care Advocate (and now the Chief Health Care Policy Advisory in the Lt. Governor’s Office), was appointed to the Consumer Experience & Outreach Advisory Committee. This hopefully signals more frequent meetings of this important committee, which has not met regularly for some time.
  • Jim Wadleigh, AHCT’s CEO, reported:
    • The loss of Healthy CT as an insurer (we wrote about this here) and AHCT’s outreach plans for individuals and small businesses who are covered by them. Current Healthy CT members will be covered until the end of their plan year.
    • There will be only two insurers (Anthem & ConnectiCare) on the individual exchange for the 2017 plan year. Only Anthem is offering plans on the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace.
    • It is unknown whether brokers will be getting commissions from insurers for enrolling new members for the 2017 year. Understandably, the broker community is upset.
  • Open enrollment begins November 1, 2016 for the 2017 plan year.
  • Access Health CT has made changes to improve outreach to HUSKY A parents losing coverage on July 31, 2016.
    • The Call Center is now open on Saturdays.
    • Enrollment fairs have extended hours and Saturday enrollment fairs have been added.
    • To get information and resources you can see
    • While parents and caregivers will lose HUSKY A coverage on July 31, 2016, they actually have until the end of September to enroll in a qualified health plan with AHCT. However, waiting to enroll in August or September will result in a gap in coverage.
  • All-Payers Claim Database (APCD) Update: The APCD is struggling to collect all the data they need from private insurers, but did sign an agreement with Department of Social Services to receive Medicaid data. These problems have delayed the date that the APCD will be operational.
  • Mehul Dalal from the Department of Public Health presented: Digging Deeper: Uncovering Disparities in Health Status in Connecticut (see the meeting presentation for his slides, and here for the handout).

There is no board meeting in August; the board will resume meeting in September.


Resources

AHCT Board Meeting Presentation for July 14, 2016

For other materials from prior meetings, you can go here

AHCT Board Meeting Recording on CT-N

With two weeks left, Medicaid transition reaches 26 percent (Kyle Constable, CT Mirror)

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