DSS: 2014 Changes - CT Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

2014 Changes - CT Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)


 

The Affordable Care Act (national health care reform law, also known as ‘Obamacare’) has brought major changes to Connecticut’s Medicaid/HUSKY Health program.

 

The biggest change is ‘Medicaid expansion’ for adults without dependent children.  With new federal funding, Connecticut expanded Medicaid eligibility for adults aged 19 up to 65, effective January 1, 2014.  The maximum income level to qualify for this part of Medicaid (HUSKY D) rose from about 56% to 138% of the federal poverty level. 


The Affordable Care Act also changed how children and families qualify for other parts of Medicaid/HUSKY Health.  A new way in calculating income eligibility took effect January 1, 2014. 

 

This change affects HUSKY A (Medicaid for children, parents, relative caregivers and pregnant women); and HUSKY B (non-Medicaid Children’s Health Insurance Program for children and teens under age 19).  For example:

 

Ø  The maximum income level to qualify for HUSKY A for children and parents/relative caregivers rose from 185% to 201% of the federal poverty level.

Ø  The maximum income level to qualify for HUSKY A for pregnant women rose from 250% to 263% of the federal poverty level.

Ø  The maximum income level to qualify for a child to qualify for subsidized coverage in HUSKY B rose from 300% to 323% of the federal poverty level.

 

Please follow this link to view a chart of qualifying income levels for 2014  

 

Note: HUSKY C (Medicaid for the Aged/Blind/Disabled, including long-term care) is not affected by these changes.

 

The Department of Social Services, administering agency for Medicaid/HUSKY Health, is working with Access Health CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, to coordinate the application process for health coverage. 

 

Connecticut residents may apply for Medicaid/HUSKY Health at any time of the year.

 

Please check back for further updates.  We hope this information is helpful to you.

 

 




Content Last Modified on 10/2/2014 1:18:25 PM