Three members elected to HealthyCT Board of Directors

(Wallingford) Members of HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, have elected policyholders from Newtown, North Haven and South Windsor to serve on the company’s Board of Directors. Two are new to the Board; one has previously served. The official results of the health insurance company’s election were certified by an outside vendor and announced today at www.HealthyCT.org. Nearly 30,000 eligible HealthyCT members who were age 18 or older, and active as of September 30, 2015 were invited to participate in this, the company’s second Board election. The company’s member-led model is unique in Connecticut’s health insurance landscape. The member majority on the Board gives HealthyCT policyholders a direct voice in their health plan and its decisions. “HealthyCT continues to be unique among Connecticut’s health insurance companies in the way we are governed and how we give our members a voice,” said CEO Ken Lalime. “Our company has not only survived but grown during a critical period because of strategic planning. Our Board’s expertise will be equally important in the months ahead.” Members have responded positively to the message, the mission and the opportunity to serve on the Board. HealthyCT’s membership now stands at more than 41,000 and the company saw … Read More

HealthyCT earns NCQA Accreditation – Quality rating achieved after just 18 months of operation

(Wallingford)  HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, is pleased to announce that it has achieved an important milestone for quality: Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, or NCQA.  HealthyCT had previously earned Interim Accreditation in 2014 as a preliminary step toward this benchmark.  Following a rigorous application process submitted in June and an on-site review last month, surveyors awarded the company three-year NCQA Accreditation. “In building this company from the ground up, quality was our top goal for HealthyCT,” said CEO Ken Lalime.  “Earning this designation at the earliest opportunity goes to show that we directed our efforts in the right place, for the good of all of our 35,000 members.” NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of health insurers, managed care plans, physician organizations and other health-related programs.  In Connecticut, it is also widely known as the body that confers recognition to medical practices that qualify as patient-centered medical homes. The scope of the NCQA review included HealthyCT programs and activities that ensure access and service to members, such as maintaining a robust statewide network, helping members to integrate their care and promoting safety and healthy lifestyles through disease … Read More

HealthyCT Board of Directors nominations surge

Members vying to sit on insurance company board WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, August 3, 2015 – HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, experienced extremely high interest among its approximately 30,000 members for the company’s second Board of Directors election. On the heels of a successful 2015 enrollment period, 47 policyholders stepped forward to nominate themselves for election to the three open seats on the HealthyCT Board. Last year, for its first Board election, just over a dozen members nominated themselves to serve. At a time when the insurance industry in Connecticut is undergoing massive change through consolidation, HealthyCT is the state’s only Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or CO-OP. As such, at least six of the 11 voting members on HealthyCT’s Board are policyholders who have been elected by their fellow HealthyCT members. Following background checks and an interview process, this year’s voting, which will be managed by an outside vendor, will open on Monday, November 23 and close at the HealthyCT Annual Meeting in January. Governance by members makes HealthyCT different from every other health insurance company in Connecticut. Last year’s election put six HealthyCT members onto the Board. “I expected the current Board members to welcome us; however, I was … Read More

Wellthie Announces New Partnership with HealthyCT to Support Health Insurance Eligibility and Enrollment Efforts for Individuals and Families

Affordable Care Advisor for Individuals Allows Individuals and Families to Explore Their Health Care Options in a Simplified Way as the End of Open Enrollment Draws Near New York, NY, February 11, 2015 – In the final days of open enrollment, which ends on February 15th, Connecticut residents and their families will be able to make easier decisions about their health care plans, as Wellthie, a health care technology company offering a comprehensive software and analytics platform that helps people understand their health insurance options and eligibility for financial assistance in a simple way, announces a new partnership with HealthyCT, a Connecticut-based health insurance provider. Wellthie’s Affordable Care Advisor for Individuals is available to Connecticut individuals and families on the HealthyCT homepage at www.healthyct.org. The Affordable Care Advisor is a web-based platform that acts as a single-front door for any consumer to help them understand the tax credits or public programs for which they may be eligible, view their coverage options from HealthyCT and bottom-line premium costs in a straightforward and simple way. Consumers are then able to quickly browse and compare plans before being directed to the Connecticut health insurance exchange or HealthyCT’s internal process to get enrolled. “We … Read More

CT’s nonprofit health co-op pedals to boost enrollment

HealthyCT and CCAP team up for Health & Wellness Ride from Hartford to Stamford CT Cycling Advancement Program team to pedal through Fairfield County to 4th Annual Stamford Hospital Health & Wellness Expo (Wallingford) If your Saturday plans involve leaf-peeping along our state’s scenic back roads between Hartford and Stamford, don’t be surprised to see a team of cyclists wearing orange shoes as bright as the fall foliage. A Pro-am team from the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) will be participating in HealthyCT’s annual Health and Wellness Ride from the capital city to the 4th Annual Stamford Hospital Health & Wellness Expo at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. The cyclists will be riding to bring attention to the benefits of biking as great outdoor exercise that anyone can enjoy as recreation or competition. The team, which is sponsored by HealthyCT, also hopes to raise awareness about the importance of having health insurance – not just when you’re sick, but for all the non-cost benefits you get to help you stay healthy. The topic is very timely given that the annual sign-up period for health insurance begins in just two weeks. Like the non-profit health insurance company’s CEO, who often wears orange high-tops, the … Read More

HealthyCT Enrollment Ride highlights insurance deadline

HealthyCT Enrollment Ride highlights upcoming insurance sign-up deadline: 80-mile cycling tour visits five enrollment centers HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, today is sponsoring an 80-mile cycling tour of five open enrollment centers across the state to bring attention to the upcoming deadline to sign up for health insurance. Consumers must enroll by Monday, Dec. 15, to be eligible for health insurance coverage on January 1. To highlight the sign-up deadline, the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program Pro-am team is riding a route with stops at five consumer enrollment centers. The route begins at the Access Health CT Enrollment Center in New Britain, then goes on to the Compass Health Insurance Enrollment Centers in Waterbury and Bridgeport before moving east to the Access Health CT center on Church Street in New Haven. The ride ends at the Compass Health Insurance Enrollment Center on Whalley Avenue in New Haven. HealthyCT is a year-round sponsor of the CCAP to promote the benefits of cycling whether at the amateur or professional level. The team wears HealthyCT orange footwear as part of its uniform. The enrollment ride serves the dual purpose of using a healthy activity to promote an important message about the importance of … Read More

HealthyCT members elected to Board of Directors majority

CO-OP members elect fellow policyholders to Board of Directors as Open Enrollment continues Official results of the company’s first Board of Directors election have placed HealthyCT members holding the majority of voting seats of the non-profit health insurance company. The final tally, certified by an outside vendor, was announced today at www.HealthyCT.org. HealthyCT is a non-profit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), whose member-led model is shifting Connecticut’s health insurance landscape by offering affordable, accessible and high-quality health care to individuals and businesses of all sizes. Its member involvement in company leadership gives HealthyCT members a direct voice in their health plan and its decisions. The election is believed to be the first of its kind for a Connecticut health plan. Since November, members in good standing have been able to vote online or with paper ballots. More than 10% of the company’s policyholders participated in the historic first-time election, choosing from among individuals, small and large business representatives, non-profit leaders and physicians on the ballot. Voting closed at the HealthyCT Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening. The new Board will begin its term in January. “It’s especially exciting for us to have completed this election process which truly sets HealthyCT … Read More

Voting Opens for HealthyCT Board of Directors

CO-OP members to assume majority after historic inaugural election; voting continues as Open Enrollment begins WALLINGFORD, CT, November 3, 2014 – Individuals, small and large business representatives, non-profit leaders and physicians comprise the ballot of candidates HealthyCT members will choose from when voting for their new Board of Directors beginning Thursday, November 13. And because HealthyCT is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or CO-OP, its members will occupy the majority of voting seats on the Board of the non-profit health insurance company. The 12 candidates on the ballot hail from across Connecticut. Over the summer, the health insurer began notifying members about the opportunity to serve on and/or vote for the Board. Candidates were able to nominate themselves as long as they were a HealthyCT member in good standing and at least age 18 or older. They also had to pass a background check; have not served on the Board of another insurance carrier since 2009; and not be serving as a representative of any state, federal or local government or quasi-governmental body. Thirteen individuals applied, in addition to several candidates already serving on the Board. Online voting, managed by an outside election vendor, opens to HealthyCT members on … Read More

HealthyCT launches new payment model for coordinated care

Pilot provides incentives to physicians for managing patients with complex and chronic conditions, keeping patients healthy WALLINGFORD, CT, October 27, 2014 – HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, has begun rolling out an innovative payment program to a pilot group of primary-care practices across the state. The practices can earn additional reimbursement by providing a level of quality care that not only helps keep their patients healthy, but also delivers comprehensive care coordination for those patients with chronic conditions. As an insurance company founded by physicians, HealthyCT partnered with more than a dozen physician practices across the state and Qualidigm, a quality improvement organization, to develop the Advanced Practice Medical Payment Model (A-PMPM). The program offers incentives to physicians for the enhanced care provided through the patient-centered medical home, a form of patient care that involves a deep level of coordination among a HealthyCT member’s physicians and other health care providers. “The first step in creating the model was engaging primary-care physicians. We’ve worked closely with a variety of primary-care practices – from solo practitioners to multi-specialty groups – and Qualidigm over the past year to define program requirements and appropriate incentives,” said HealthyCT CEO Ken Lalime. “The result is … Read More