In spite of the pandemic, CCAG, in coalition with our state and national partners and Connecticut citizens, continues to take action on our issue agenda - including all we can do to protect our health.
With our partner, People’s Action, we are collecting stories of claim denials to inform our work and to share with lawmakers. We will not share your story without your permission – but it’s important to make known how insurance companies are denying you care while asking for rate hikes.
We will also offer you state and local resources to help with any denied claims. This survey will remain open for the rest of the summer and fall
In Connecticut, undocumented immigrants are unable to access healthcare coverage. They can’t buy into AccessHealth CT, are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, and private insurance companies are either too expensive or outright reject applications from undocumented individuals.
Health care is a human right. We can and must to better.
The HUSKY for Immigrants coalition won coverage for pregnant woman ,and children aged 13 and under, who are not documented, beginning in January of 2023. These children will not lose coverage when they turn 18. It is not enough - we will fight until all people have quality, affordable health care.
Connecticut's Five Families
Health insurance companies are making billions by denying you care.
Five of them sent a letter to Governor Lamont in April, threatening to move jobs out of Connecticut if we passed a Public Option. It worked, and the Public Option was scrapped in the final days of the 2021 session.
CCAG is investigating, and bringing you information you need about the greed and profiteering of these companies.
Our first report, on CEO compensation, showed that those five companies paid their CEOs $137.7 million in the last year. Our second, Games Insurers Play: How Low Will They Go?, explores the tactics and money spent in the 2021 legislative session. It shows that the industry, these Five Families, and dark money groups who don't disclose their donors spent at least $1.3 million lobbying in just six months.
By adding thousands of small businesses, nonprofits and individuals to the state's Partnership Plan, a Public Option would have offered affordable, quality coverage to tens of thousands of people. But it would have impeded the skyrocketing profits of the insurance industry. It's time our lawmakers listened to the people of Connecticut, rather than millionaire insurance executives.
CCAG co-chairs the Medicaid Strategy Group, a coalition of health advocates working together to improve and defend the quality and reach of HUSKY programs in Connecticut through administrative and legislative advocacy. Medicaid is a vital source of health insurance for low-income families. Connecticut has a robust Medicaid program that should allow more people in the state to get the health care they need. For more information, contact CCAG Organizer and MSG Co-Chair Jonathan Gonazalez-Cruz.
CCAG is also a member of Husky4Immigrants, a coalition of organizations around Connecticut fighting for policies to expand healthcare access to all immigrants regardless of status, and to open eligibility to the HUSKY health program. CCAG and members have succeeded in making HUSKY insurance available to undocumented children aged 13 and under who are eligible, and secured it through age 18. It is a victory - but we will not stop fighting until all Connecticut residents have affordable, quality health care! For more information, visit facebook.com/HUSKY4IMMIGRANTS/
CCAG is also part of other coalition efforts for other related issues, including lowering the cost of prescription drugs, battling the commodification of health care, promoting a public option, and ensuring all Connecticut residents have quality, affordable health care.
Access Health CT Enrollment
Free help is available through Access Health CT, including navigators and application counselors.
Covered Connecticut is a new option that Access Health CT offers. For those who qualify, there are $0 monthly costs and $0 out-of-pocket expenses.
For many people, costs are lower now. Those who have considered coverage from Access Health CT in the past might be surprised by the current costs and would benefit from finding out their options.