HealthyCT, Weitzman Institute work together to improve access to specialty care

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.: HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, has signed a contract with the Weitzman Institute’s Community eConsult Network for electronic consultations (eConsults) with specialists. The partnership is designed to harness technology to improve medical care quality, efficiency and cost by giving primary care physicians (PCPs) direct access to specialists. (Read More)

Insurance Startups Fail, But CT Sticks Around (WNPR)

“As Health Insurance Startups Fail, One in Connecticut Sticks Around” (WNPR) Health insurance co-ops are companies that were given federal incentives to compete for business under the Affordable Care Act. Roughly two dozen of them set up shop across the country. Now, only half are still in business, and one of them is in Connecticut. (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

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

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

Go grocery shopping with your insurer

Go grocery shopping with your insurer (CT Post) It wouldn’t occur to most people to shop for food through their insurance company’s website. But that’s just what a new partnership between non-profit health insurance provider HealthyCT and the Stamford-based online farmers’ market Fresh Nation is asking state residents to do. (Read More)

PPI Benefit Solutions and HealthyCT agreement creates new option for large groups

PPI Benefit Solutions and HealthyCT Agreement Creates New Health Insurance Option for Large Groups PPI Benefit Solutions (PPI), a leading provider of benefits administration technology and services, has signed an agreement with HealthyCT, Connecticut’s physician-sponsored, non-profit health insurance company, to provide Connecticut employers and brokers with a new health plan option. HealthyCT is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) where any profits are invested back into products, programs, services and future premium stabilization or reduction. It has a statewide network of more than 15,000 providers, and it provides health insurance coverage to individuals, small and large groups. Through PPI, HealthyCT can offer groups with 51 or more employees a benefits administration platform that consolidates online enrollment, a powerful HR portal, integrated COBRA administration, consolidated billing, and claims advocacy for a broad range of benefits and carrier products all in one place. The addition of PPI’s services will add tremendous new value for employers and brokers. “HealthyCT has designed a compelling model of health care delivery and management, and we are very excited to add HealthyCT as a preferred carrier to our portfolio of health insurance plans,” said Luis Nunes, President & CEO of PPI Benefit Solutions. “PPI has an … Read More