Governor Lamont welcomes the federal report, which ranks Connecticut as the nation’s leader in the speed of processing Medicaid applications and eligibility

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09/12/2022

Governor Lamont welcomes the federal report, which ranks Connecticut as the nation’s leader in the speed of processing Medicaid applications and eligibility

The report ranks Connecticut in the top four nationally and among the best in New England

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today welcomes the release of a report by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which ranked Connecticut among the top four states nationally and top in New England for speed of processing Medicaid applications and eligibility.

The report analyzes how long it took for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies to make final determinations for people who submitted applications for those programs during the first three months of 2022. He notes that in Connecticut, 97% of those applications were processed within 24 hours, behind Maryland, Oklahoma and New York.

In Connecticut, Medicaid and CHIP are known collectively as HUSKY Health and are administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The department also administers the recently introduced Covered Connecticut program. Applications for the variety of health insurance options offered in the state are processed by an integrated system operated jointly by DSS and Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance marketplace.

Applications for these coverage options can be made online at www.accesshealthct.com or by phone 1-855-805-4325.

“We’re proud that Connecticut offers a fast, centralized application point for several key health insurance options, not just Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program – collectively known as HUSKY Health – but also qualified health plans offered through National Affordable Care Act and the new Covered Connecticut program,” said Governor Lamont. “All families and individuals require quality health insurance and I encourage uninsured residents to turn to our easy-to-use application portal for fast and efficient service. Congratulations to everyone at the Department of Human Services, Access Health CT and our partners whose service is helping our state residents enroll and obtain coverage as quickly as possible.”

“The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has brought tremendous improvements in health care and access in Connecticut on many levels,” said DSS Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford. “For example, state support made Medicaid coverage available for the first time to working, low-income adults with no dependent children. It also brought a new common consumer portal and entitlement system with Access Health CT and its high-quality coverage plans for higher-income residents. This streamlined approach takes the guesswork out of an otherwise complicated decision about where to go when you don’t have insurance. We are very pleased that the data released this month by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services underscores the excellent work Connecticut is doing.”

“Access Health CT is dedicated to reducing the uninsured and closing health inequalities, and that starts with giving Connecticut residents access to the health insurance that best meets their needs.” said James Michel, CEO of Access Health CT. “Our integrated approach allows Connecticut residents to shop, compare, and enroll in health insurance or other free or low-cost programs, including HUSKY Health and the Covered Connecticut program, all in one place. It is a true one-stop shop for customers, helping to reduce the challenges of navigating a complex system.”

The report focuses on HUSKY Health coverage for children, parents, pregnant women and other adults under the age of 65 with no minor children. Currently, approximately 897,000 people in Connecticut are covered by HUSKY A, B, and D, and 102,200 people are covered by qualifying health plans offered by Access Health CT. For more information about these services, see www.ct.gov/husky and www.accesshealthct.com.

**Download: US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report on processing time for MAGI applications

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