OHA Announces New Web Tool
For People Who Have Lost
Their Health Insurance
June 2, 2020, Hartford, CT – As Connecticut struggles to recover economic stability due to the Coronavirus many of our citizens are finding themselves in the unfamiliar territory of being unemployed and losing their health insurance, some for the first time. Many were caught unprepared because the economic fall-off was dramatic and abrupt.
“The Office of Healthcare Advocate (OHA) is here to help you navigate any loss of healthcare insurance. We can help keep your family covered and your bills for medical care to a minimum,” said Ted Doolittle, the Connecticut State Healthcare Advocate. “We are fielding calls every day from families in crisis, with lots of questions and it can be difficult to pick the best plan and track down the information you need.”
OHA has just released its Loss of Coverage informational web portal with detailed descriptions on consumer options with easy to navigate drop down menus on each choice to help families understand and choose their healthcare plan. People can also contact OHA for one-on-one assistance. The web tool can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/OHA/Loss-of-Coverage-Options/Loss-of-Coverage.
Many might be surprised parents and their children may qualify for free coverage under HUSKY, Connecticut’s Medicaid program. For instance, children in families of four making less than $83,172 a year could qualify. There’s also information on how to continue your insurance under your former employer via COBRA, or people may find that buying insurance in the healthcare Marketplace through Access Health is a viable option, especially since many low and moderate income families will qualify for federal subsidies under the ACA. Although open enrollment has ended, a life changing event, such as sudden unemployment, could open the enrollment period back up for your family.
“We don’t want our fellow residents to be uninsured because the financial impact could be huge and we don’t want folks to feel total despair for lack of information, help and guidance,” said Doolittle. “That’s why we created this important tool and why OHA is here as a resource with seasoned experts in all aspects of healthcare insurance. If you’re having any other issues with your policy coverages from loss or anything else, we’re here to help. Don’t worry alone about losing your healthcare coverage.”
The OHA is a consumer advocacy agency in Connecticut. Its mission is to make sure consumers’ rights to healthcare access and coverage are protected. OHA employees are experts in the field of insurance and assist consumers in appealing claim denials, in addition to plan selection and any other problems they are having with their health coverage, including all public health plans such as Medicaid/HUSKY, Medicare, CHIP or Tri-Care. OHA also monitors regulations and laws in the state and federal governments that can adversely affect Connecticut residents. More information is available at: https://portal.ct.gov/oha.