Michel’s Story

“We celebrate birthdays now,” exclaimed Claire, director of Canton’s senior/social services.


Things were very different a few months prior when Claire first knocked on Michel’s door.

“My blinds were shut, door locked and I didn’t want to see anyone, especially an upbeat person such as Claire,” says Michel. “My lung had collapsed and I was in a state of hopelessness and near panic as my attempts to breathe became extremely painful and laborious”.

Michel was taken to UConn Hospital where they discovered a large cancerous tumor on his lung. But Michel didn’t have health insurance. The debt from receiving treatment would be crushing.

Claire immediately submitted an application for Husky D, Connecticut’s Medicaid program. After being approved for coverage, treatment began. Michel endured aggressive rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and eventually a clinical trial of immunotherapy at UConn Cancer Center. The tumors got smaller. Michel’s life has been dramatically extended despite the stage IV status and an initial grim prognosis.

Your support of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut helps make sure these services continue to be available to people in our community like Michel.

Michel reflects, “I am extraordinarily fortunate for the Affordable Care Act, Canton Social Services, and UConn Cancer Center. In retrospect, it’s a testament to the programs and the people that took this disaster scenario and made it work. I would not be here otherwise. So, yes, we celebrate birthdays now.”


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Tay’s Story

Life can change in the blink of an eye.

One minute, you’re enjoying an afternoon drive with your friends, the next you’re a quadriplegic.

TayThat’s what happened to Tay.

One ordinary day, the car Tay was traveling in was involved in a major accident. Tay sustained massive injuries to his spine and spent months in the hospital.

Through the encouragement of many and the intensive therapy and medical care of the Hospital for Special Care, Tay’s health stabilized – he could go back to school.

As graduation neared, Tay’s future was uncertain. How would Tay receive the care he needed? Would Tay be able to live an independent life?

Tay now lives in an accessible apartment. Through a variety of assistive technology and adaptive medical equipment, Tay manages his health by ordering supplies and scheduling appointments, submits caregiver timesheets and coordinates work schedules. This is made possible through a state program that was extended through the Affordable Care Act.

It is unthinkable that the alternative for this bright and eager young man would have been life in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. This spring, Tay will attend college to pursue a degree in Human Relations.

Your support of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut helps make sure all people in our community have access to the care they need. 


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Déjà Vu All Over Again

By Jill Zorn |

It’s two for the price of one:  a tax “reform” bill and an ACA repeal bill.

That’s right.  Gutting the ACA is back.  This time it’s in the form of a repeal of the individual mandate which was just added to the Senate version of the tax bill.

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Highlights from Access Health CT November Board Meeting 

By Rosana G. Ferraro |


Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh giving his report at the AHCT Board Meeting today (Screen capture from CT-N)

Open enrollment, changes in HUSKY A parent/caregiver eligibility, the Anthem/Hartford HealthCare dispute, and a potential for individual mandate repeal were all discussed at this morning’s Access Health CT (AHCT) Board meeting.   Continue reading

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Silver lining in a tough state budget

By Rosana G. Ferraro |

Team-Puzzle-PiecesIn a state budget riddled with health care cuts, there is one hopeful silver lining – the creation of a state Office of Health Strategy (here in the budget summary).

What is the Office of Health Strategy?

Connecticut has done and continues to do a lot of work to improve health and health care for residents – but this work has not always been coordinated.  The Office of Health Strategy is a promising step forward in addressing that. Continue reading

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Tax Cuts = Health Care Cuts

By Kayla Tarlton |


Do not be fooled, the tax “reform” debate heating up in Congress is all about health care cuts.

Tax cuts are part of a two-step budget process:  Cut taxes first, and then cut spending to make up for the shortfall in revenues.  The end result for health care programs will be worse than the worst of the repeal bills that were voted down this summer. Continue reading

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Estimated 77,500 people lose health care in the 2018-2019 state budget

By Rosana G. Ferraro |

cut-small-business-healthcare-costs1Governor Malloy has signed the budget and health care for low-income people took a huge hit.

Who loses?  How many people are affected?

There were various cuts to Medicaid / HUSKY that will leave many without coverage or the financial help crucial to their care.  These are the cuts that advocates and those who depend on these programs spoke out against, at a press event earlier this monthContinue reading

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