CT Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment

Health insurance exchanges will be setup for enrollment in Connecticut as well as the nation on Oct. 1. The exchanges will be accessible over the phone, online or in person at one of six Access Health CT storefronts that will attract nearly 100,000 CT residents in the first year. Advertisements are expected on the television, radio and in newspapers. It is expected that getting through the application will take roughly one hour to complete.

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Long Term Care Costs Continue To Rise

According to a recent report by Genworth Financial, the cost of long-term care is rising. The findings show the daily cost of a private room in a nursing home at $230 a day compared to $115 a day at an assisted-living facility. Those able to receive home care homes will pay an average of $19 an hour for a licensed home health aide.

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CIRTS To Begin Accepting EHRs

In 1994, the Connecticut legislature authorized the Department of Public Health (DPH) to establish the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS), a statewide, immunization registry established to make vaccine records accessible and ensure children remain up-to-date with their immunizations. Later this year, the registry will launch a pilot site for electronic health record (EHR) reporting so data can be reported and updated electronically.

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CT Hospitals Rank Among Nation’s Best

Becker’s Hospital Review has released its 2013 annual list of 100 Great Hospitals awarded to organizations which routinely display innovation in the areas of medical treatment, research, technology and delivery of care.

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Connecticut Wasting No Time Enrolling Uninsured In Marketplace

Connecticut is wasting no time enrolling uninsured residents in the state’s new online health insurance marketplace Access Health CT.  Marketplaces, created under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA), are set to open nationwide October 1 and are key to expanding health coverage to millions of individuals and small businesses.

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CT DPH Encouraging Residents To Get Flu Vaccinations

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed 1,676 confirmed reports of influenza in Connecticut including three deaths.  Public health officials are urging people to take flu-related precautions, encouraging all resident over the age of 6 months old to be vaccinated.

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