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’) is bringing 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 is expanding 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) is rising from about 56% to 138% of the federal poverty level. 

The Affordable Care Act is also changing how children and families qualify for other parts of Medicaid/HUSKY Health.  A new way in calculating income eligibility will take 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 is rising from 185% to 201% of the federal poverty level.

 

Ø  The maximum income level to qualify for HUSKY A for pregnant women is rising 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 is rising 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. 
 
Please check back for further updates.  We hope this information is helpful to you.
 




Content Last Modified on 3/14/2014 1:23:24 PM