Access Health CT http://wnpr.org en Federal Courts Weigh in on Obamacare Subsidies http://wnpr.org/post/federal-courts-weigh-obamacare-subsidies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should the federal government help Americans pay for their new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act? That's a question being tackled in courts across the country. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wo of them have issued very different rulings.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:44:35 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25713 at http://wnpr.org Federal Courts Weigh in on Obamacare Subsidies Obamacare Agency Changes Course, Releases Public Information http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-agency-changes-course-releases-public-information <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One dollar and 22 cents.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's how much Access Health CT, the state's health insurance marketplace, </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/states-bill-obamacare-call-center-significantly-higher-estimated" style="line-height: 1.5;">pays its call center operator</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for each minute it spends on the phone helping someone navigate the Affordable Care Act. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's also a number that </span>Maximus,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the call center operator,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/company-says-health-care-exchange-contracts-are-trade-secrets" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">has tried to keep from public disclosure for months</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24423 at http://wnpr.org Obamacare Agency Changes Course, Releases Public Information Malloy Holds Transportation Crisis Meeting; Maximus Worker Source of Health Data Brea http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-holds-transportation-crisis-meeting-maximus-worker-source-health-data-brea <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-iimhf36zSQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on the Coast Guard to restrict the number of times it allows a railroad swing bridge over the Norwalk River to rotate open. In a letter to the Coast Guard, Blumenthal says the bridge failed 16 times in 271 openings during 2013. Governor Malloy held a “Crisis Summit” earlier today to discuss the problem.</p><p><strong>Health Exchange Worker&nbsp;Comes Forward After Data Breach</strong></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:55:41 +0000 Teri McCready 23311 at http://wnpr.org Call Center Worker on Leave for Access Health CT Data Breach http://wnpr.org/post/call-center-worker-leave-access-health-ct-data-breach <p>Connecticut's health insurance exchange said the owner of a backpack found on a Hartford street containing Social Security numbers and other data works for a call center vendor, and has been placed on administrative leave.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:16:28 +0000 Associated Press 23277 at http://wnpr.org Call Center Worker on Leave for Access Health CT Data Breach Poll: Latinos Underinformed On Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/poll-latinos-underinformed-obamacare <p>A <a href="http://enrollamerica.org/" target="_blank">new poll</a> by a non-profit working to get people health insurance coverage say that a lack of understanding hindered Obamacare enrollment for at least one demographic groups: Latinos.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:37:18 +0000 Jeff Cohen 22316 at http://wnpr.org Poll: Latinos Underinformed On Obamacare Survey Reveals Chronic Illness Is a Problem For Adults in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/survey-reveals-chronic-illness-problem-adults-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Results of </span><a href="http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Connecticut Heath Care Survey</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were released on Wednesday. On the surface, the numbers pretty look good: 91 percent of the 4,608 adults surveyed reported having health insurance, and 87 percent said their health is good to very good.</span></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:23:20 +0000 Ray Hardman 21924 at http://wnpr.org Survey Reveals Chronic Illness Is a Problem For Adults in Connecticut Graduation Rates Rise; Democrats Hold Nominating Conventions http://wnpr.org/post/graduation-rates-rise-democrats-hold-nominating-conventions <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YkUjKT_K-kQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>State officials announced today at Hartford’s Insurance and Finance Academy--that Connecticut’s high school graduation rate increased for the fourth consecutive year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5">The gap between graduation rates of black and white students, Hispanic and white students, and also among affluent and poor students &nbsp;also narrowed.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5">Political Parties Holding Nominating Conventions</span></strong></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:02:42 +0000 Teri McCready 21829 at http://wnpr.org State's Bill For Obamacare Call Center Significantly Higher Than Estimated http://wnpr.org/post/states-bill-obamacare-call-center-significantly-higher-estimated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One part of the Affordable Care Act has become less affordable: call centers. </span>Maximus<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the company that runs the phone banks to enroll people in Connecticut, originally said it would charge the state $15 million over roughly three years.</span></p><p>The state now says the cost of that contract could nearly double.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 21776 at http://wnpr.org State's Bill For Obamacare Call Center Significantly Higher Than Estimated Company Says Health Care Exchange Contracts Are "Trade Secrets" http://wnpr.org/post/company-says-health-care-exchange-contracts-are-trade-secrets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company&nbsp;that got the multimillion-dollar contract to run the call centers for the health care exchange Access Health CT -- called&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maximus</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;-- is refusing to release invoices and contracts to show exactly how much they are paid by the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:17:19 +0000 Alan Yu 21411 at http://wnpr.org Company Says Health Care Exchange Contracts Are "Trade Secrets" Lawmaker Supports Highway Tolls; Bill Makes it Easier for Charitable Raffles http://wnpr.org/post/lawmaker-supports-highway-tolls-bill-makes-it-easier-charitable-raffles <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Xgm7Q4JYZbg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>A key lawmaker in the Connecticut General Assembly is embracing a White House proposal to loosen restrictions on tolling federal interstates. &nbsp;Rocky Hill state Representative Tony Guerrera-- a co-chairman of the legislature’s Transportation Committee-- says that tolls are the answer to Connecticut’s declining gas tax revenues. He said it would also allow the state to reduce its high taxes on gasoline. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:55:43 +0000 Teri McCready 21192 at http://wnpr.org Head of State Health Insurance Exchange Reflects on Lessons Learned http://wnpr.org/post/head-state-health-insurance-exchange-reflects-lessons-learned <p>Now that the deadline for enrollment in Obamacare has passed, the head of Connecticut's health insurance exchange has said he learned a few lessons.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:28:38 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19929 at http://wnpr.org Head of State Health Insurance Exchange Reflects on Lessons Learned Connecticut to Share Its Obamacare Computer Code http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-share-its-obamacare-computer-code <p>Connecticut's Obamacare enrollment website did well enough this year to attract the interest of other states. Officials from Access Health CT said they are finalizing a deal with the state of Maryland to share computer code.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:03:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19735 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Share Its Obamacare Computer Code The Wheelhouse Respects the Process http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-respects-process <p>On Tuesday,&nbsp;<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-wont-talk-wants-respect-process">former Governor John G. Rowland took to the airwaves </a>at his usual time on his&nbsp;WTIC AM talk show, despite being named in federal court as an alleged co-conspirator to a campaign finance scheme. He wouldn't comment on the accusations, only to say, "I am not going to be discussing the recent news and legal developments. I am sure that you all understand. And I want to respect the process."</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19450 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Respects the Process Obamacare Enrollment Surged in Connecticut as Deadline Expired http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-surged-connecticut-deadline-expired <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama said that more than seven million people have signed up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Connecticut saw a huge surge in enrollments as Monday's deadline passed.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:09:07 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19411 at http://wnpr.org Obamacare Enrollment Surged in Connecticut as Deadline Expired Health Care Sign-Up Deadline Is Here; Metro-North Delays Are Up http://wnpr.org/post/health-care-sign-deadline-here-metro-north-delays-are <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8nYOklgQRgI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut residents have until midnight tonight to obtain an insurance plan and avoid a federal tax penalty. Residents without health coverage can shop and compare plans at accesshealthct.com. Anyone who remains uninsured when the deadline expires will face a penalty of either 1 percent of the family's gross household income or $95 for each uninsured individual -- whichever amount is greater.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:18:15 +0000 Teri McCready 19327 at http://wnpr.org ACA Expected to Increase Demand for Primary Care Doctors; Quinnipiac University Responds http://wnpr.org/post/aca-expected-increase-demand-primary-care-doctors-quinnipiac-university-responds <p>With the open enrollment deadline looming, organizations across Connecticut are helping people sign up for health insurance coverage. Health centers are open Monday in many cities, including Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Waterbury, with extra in-person help.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:23:11 +0000 Diane Orson 19296 at http://wnpr.org ACA Expected to Increase Demand for Primary Care Doctors; Quinnipiac University Responds Federal Obamacare Deadline Extends, But Connecticut's Does Not http://wnpr.org/post/federal-obamacare-deadline-extends-connecticuts-does-not <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act approaches, the federal government now says it will give some people extra time to enroll. But that change won't apply to people in Connecticut.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:19:03 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19103 at http://wnpr.org Federal Obamacare Deadline Extends, But Connecticut's Does Not Health Insurance Deadline Looms; New England Unemployment Rate Declines http://wnpr.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-looms-new-england-unemployment-rate-declines <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X-65ectwob0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut officials are discussing final efforts to enroll residents in health insurance plans before next week’s deadline. Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman appeared at the First Choice Health Center in East Hartford today along with Kevin Counihan, CEO of the state’s insurance marketplace, Access Health CT. &nbsp;Those who don’t sign up will have to pay $95 or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:16:57 +0000 Teri McCready 19007 at http://wnpr.org As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, Penalties Loom for Those Who Miss It http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-deadline-approaches-penalties-loom-those-who-miss-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials say enrollment in the state's health insurance marketplace is surging as the March 31 deadline to sign up approaches.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:07:12 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19016 at http://wnpr.org As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, Penalties Loom for Those Who Miss It Customers Rush To Retail Store In Connecticut To Buy Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/customers-rush-retail-store-connecticut-buy-obamacare Mike Dunn stands inside a store in downtown New Haven, looking through the big glass windows at his future customers outside. He's not selling phones or food or clothes. He's selling Obamacare.<p>There's one week left to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and states have gone to great lengths to enroll as many people up as possible. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18906 at http://wnpr.org Customers Rush To Retail Store In Connecticut To Buy Obamacare Metro-North Improvement Plans Emerge; Keno Repeal Gets a Hearing http://wnpr.org/post/metro-north-improvement-plans-emerge-keno-repeal-gets-hearing <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_3bAHUjw6nE?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti sent his 100-day plan to state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker on Monday. Giulietti is promising to rebuild a culture of safety at Metro-North to serve as the railroad’s "unshakeable foundation." He agreed to a 100-day plan to improve the railroad’s safety and operational performance in meeting with Governor Dannel Malloy last month.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:12:34 +0000 Teri McCready 17897 at http://wnpr.org State's Obamacare Website Now Up In Spanish http://wnpr.org/post/states-obamacare-website-now-spanish <p>We recently told you about the challenge of getting a Spanish language enrollment website up and running for the state’s Obamacare agency, Access Health CT.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now,</span><a href="https://www.accesshealthct.com/AHCT/LanguageSwitch?languageCode=es" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> it appears that site is live</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:34:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17456 at http://wnpr.org State's Obamacare Website Now Up In Spanish As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag http://wnpr.org/post/deadline-nears-state-insurance-exchanges-still-mixed-bag With a bit more than a month left for people to sign up for health insurance plans set up under the Affordable Care Act, the federal website known as HealthCare.gov finally seems to be working smoothly — in 36 states.<p>But what's happening in the 14 states that are running <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/health-insurance-exchanges/">their own</a> exchanges?<p>Some are doing quite well, thank you. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 17306 at http://wnpr.org As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag Unsanitary Conditions at VA Hospital; Bill to Ensure Connecticut Grown http://wnpr.org/post/unsanitary-conditions-va-hospital-bill-ensure-connecticut-grown <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OSPmqsATqik" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:59:22 +0000 Teri McCready 17291 at http://wnpr.org Still No Obamacare Website for State's Spanish Speakers http://wnpr.org/post/still-no-obamacare-website-states-spanish-speakers <p></p><p>The Spanish-language website that will enroll state residents in Obamacare is still facing delays. In fact, officials say it could be another two weeks until it is operational.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:57:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17203 at http://wnpr.org Still No Obamacare Website for State's Spanish Speakers Malloy Says State Exceeding Its Goals for Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-says-state-exceeding-its-goals-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The goal</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of the Affordable Care Act was to insure more people at a lower cost. Affordability is still a moving target. At least in Connecticut, the enrollment numbers are looking good.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials announced that they have beaten their goal of enrolling 100,000 people in the Affordable Care Act by March 31 by more than 20 percent.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:03:05 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16794 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Says State Exceeding Its Goals for Obamacare Report: Newly Insured May Choose to Work Less Under Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/report-newly-insured-may-choose-work-less-under-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressional budget experts say President Obama's new health care law will likely reduce the number of people who choose to stay in the workforce.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:27:19 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16564 at http://wnpr.org Report: Newly Insured May Choose to Work Less Under Obamacare Report: Fairfield County Has Ninth Highest Insurance Rates Under Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/report-fairfield-county-has-ninth-highest-insurance-rates-under-obamacare <p>A <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2014/february/03/most-expensive-insurance-markets-obamacare.aspx?referrer=search" target="_blank">new report lists the top ten most expensive insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act</a>. One of them is in Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:44:46 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16466 at http://wnpr.org Report: Fairfield County Has Ninth Highest Insurance Rates Under Obamacare CCSU Case Continued; Flu Cases Climb http://wnpr.org/post/ccsu-case-continued-flu-cases-climb <p>A former Central Connecticut State University student who triggered a campus lockdown and massive response by the SWAT team was set to be arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court on breach of peace and trespassing charges.</p><p>David Kyem, 21, wore a costume with a mask and BB handgun on campus November 4. Officials locked down the school for three hours. His case was continued to February 27.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:46:36 +0000 Teri McCready 15563 at http://wnpr.org CCSU Case Continued; Flu Cases Climb Anthem Customers Await Health Care Confirmations http://wnpr.org/post/anthem-customers-await-health-care-confirmations <p>Health insurer Anthem is still playing catch up on issuing enrollment confirmation to Connecticut consumers who’ve signed up for coverage through the state’s health care exchange.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:27:25 +0000 Harriet Jones 15538 at http://wnpr.org Anthem Customers Await Health Care Confirmations