DSS: Health Care

Health Care

The Department of Social Services administers many programs designed to assist Connecticut residents in meeting their health and medical care needs.



For consumers:


HUSKY Health (Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program)
HUSKY Health is the State of Connecticut’s public health coverage program for eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, elders, individuals with disabilities, adults without children, and pregnant women.  Eligibility criteria vary. 


HUSKY Health encompasses:  HUSKY A (Medicaid for children/parents/relative caregivers/pregnant women); HUSKY B (non-Medicaid Children’s Health Insurance Program); HUSKY C (Medicaid for the Aged/Blind/Disabled, also known as Title 19 and including Long-Term Care services); and HUSKY D (Medicaid for Low-Income Adults).


Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities
Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities, also known as MED-Connect, provides medical assistance to employed individuals with disabilities. Total income from work and other benefits must be below $75,000 per year.  Some individuals may pay a monthly premium for this coverage, based on income.  In general, an eligible person with a disability, who is employed or becomes employed, can qualify for MED-Connect without the use of ‘spenddown,’ while earning more income than is allowed under other Medicaid coverage groups. 


HUSKY (Medicaid) Coverage for Breast and Cervical Cancer

The Department of Social Services, administering agency for Medicaid/HUSKY Health, collaborates with the Department of Public Health in the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and health coverage.  


Healthy Start 
Under this program, eligible pregnant women can receive case management and assistance with obtaining Medicaid/HUSKY coverage for themselves and their children. Information:  dial 2-1-1, toll-free or visit


Connecticut AIDS Drug Assistance Program

This program pays for medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people with HIV or AIDS.

Connecticut Insurance Premium Assistance (CIPA) Program
The CIPA Program is a health insurance assistance program funded through the Connecticut AIDS Drug Assistance Program (CADAP) for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are CADAP eligible (400% FPL). CIPA will help pay health insurance premiums for eligible individuals who have coverage through a CIPA-approved health insurance policy. CIPA is collaboration between the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Department of Social Services (DSS).

CHOICES -- Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening
Provides information to persons age 60 and older and persons with disabilities, and is a cooperative program of the Department of Social Services, the Area Agencies on Aging, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy.  Administered by Department on Aging.

Long-Term Services and Supports 

Connecticut Home Care for Elders (CHCPE)

This program provides services to help eligible residents live in the community.  Eligible applicants must be 65 years of age or older, be at risk of nursing home placement and meet the program’s financial eligibility criteria. To be at risk of nursing home placement means that the applicant needs assistance with critical needs such as bathing, dressing, eating, taking medications and toileting.  CHCPE helps clients continue living at home instead of going to a nursing home. Each applicant’s needs are reviewed to determine if he/she may remain at home with the help of home care services. 

Community Options (Medicaid waivers), including Personal Care Assistance, Acquired Brain Injury, Katie Beckett, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  

Money Follows the Person

If you or a loved one are in an institutionalized setting, such as a nursing home, and would like to learn more about your options to move to the community, Connecticut’s Money Follows the Person program may be able to help.  The state offers assessment, case management and transition services to assist people based on their individual needs.


Medicare Savings Programs

There are three Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) that help you pay for your Medicare Part B premiums. They are the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program (QMB), the Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (SLMB) and the Additional Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (ALMB). A household’s income determines which category they qualify for. All three programs pay Medicare Part B premiums. QMB also pays Medicare co-pays and deductibles on Medicare-covered services. It does not cost anything to apply for or receive benefits from this program.

Alzheimer's Respite Care Program 

This program offers relief to stressed caregivers by providing information, support, the development of an appropriate plan of care, and services for the individual with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.  Administered by the Department on Aging.

Refugee Medical Assistance

The refugee medical assistance program provides medical assistance to needy individuals, families and children designated as refugees under Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations and who are not eligible to receive benefits from any other public assistance program.  Benefits continue for a maximum of eight months, beginning with the month of entry into the United States. Benefits are the same as in the Medicaid program, and are 100% federally-funded.


Connecticut Organ Transplant Program help residents pay for medical and ancillary expenses associated with an organ transplant.

Durable Medical Equipment

Under the Medicaid program, Durable Medical Equipment is medical equipment that can be used continually for medical and health care purposes.




For medical and related service providers:


Medicaid School-Based Child Health (SBCH) Program

Connecticut Medical Assistance Program

Reimbursement and Certificate of Need

Content Last Modified on 8/1/2017 10:32:56 AM