HealthyCT and Western Connecticut Health Network announce new agreement for patient care

HealthyCT, Connecticut’s new Consumer-Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) for health insurance, and Western Connecticut Health Network (WHCN) today announced an agreement has been signed to give future HealthyCT members access to Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as hundreds of affiliated physicians through the WCHN Physician Hospital Organization (WCHN PHO) and the Western Connecticut Medical Group.

HealthyCT began to enroll individuals and small businesses on October 1, with coverage beginning on January 1. The non-profit company provides a new option for those currently insured by other commercial carriers and those who haven’t had or couldn’t afford insurance.

Individuals, families and small groups can purchase HealthyCT coverage on and off of Connecticut’s new health insurance exchange; Access Health CT. WCHN’s hospitals and most affiliated physicians will participate in all HealthyCT plans.

“HealthyCT is committed to providing individuals and businesses in Connecticut with easy access to high quality, affordable health care. We can’t do that without our hospital partners,” said HealthyCT CEO Ken Lalime. “We are pleased to be working with WCHN to ensure that western Connecticut consumers and employers have access to a strong hospital and physician network for the medical care they need, when they need it.”

“Our mission is to improve the health of this community, and by collaborating to reduce the number of patients who are uninsured in our community we are fulfilling that mission in a very real way,” said WCHN’s Chief Financial Officer Steve Rosenberg.

About HealthyCT

Founded by physicians and started with a federal loan in 2012, HealthyCT’s mission is to provide Connecticut residents with comprehensive health insurance and easy access to quality healthcare. It is committed to developing an innovative, progressive health plan that ensures the delivery of patient-centered care for individuals, families and small to mid-sized businesses. Unlike traditional for-profit insurance companies, any profits generated by HealthyCT are to be used to stabilize or reduce premiums to consumers and businesses, and/or to enhance plan benefits and services. HealthyCT can be found at www.HealthyCT.org; on Facebook at HealthyCT; on Twitter @HealthyCTPlan and at 35 Thorpe Avenue in Wallingford.

About Western CT Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. As a University teaching organization, WCHN is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. WCHN offers a full continuum of care through its system of affiliated organizations that provide innovative preventative, primary and specialty care as well as home care. For more information, visit WesternConnecticutHealthNetwork.orgDanburyHospital.orgNewMilfordHospital.org and share your comments with us www.facebook.com/DanburyHospital or www.facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital.