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Official Resources

AccessHealth CT Consumer Page: Connecticut’s state-based exchange to purchase health insurance and receive premium subsidies.

AccessHealth CT Official PageThe Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange (also known as Access Health CT) was established as a quasi-public agency to satisfy requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act. The power of the Exchange is vested in a 14 member board. Contains information about the AHCT Board, meetings, and other relevant public information.

CT Healthcare Innovation CentralThe home of the management and implementation of the Connecticut Healthcare Innovation Plan.  Also known as SIM (State Innovation Model), after the federal funding initiative to address the establishment of  a whole-person-centered health care system that improves community health and eliminates health inequities; ensures superior access, quality, and care experience; empowers individuals to actively participate in their health and healthcare; and improves affordability by reducing healthcare costs.

CT Office of the Healthcare AdvocateState agency thatprovides free assistance to Connecticut healthcare consumers with plan selection, education, enforcement of healthcare rights, and improving healthcare access.

CT HUSKY HealthHUSKY is Connecticut’s Medicaid program serving children, families, relative caregivers, elders, individuals with disabilitys, single adults and pregnant women.

Healthcare.gov: The official federal website with information on the Affordable Care Act, a glossary of health care terms, and more.

Healthfinder.gov: A government website where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.

Institute of MedicineThe IOM is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (“the Academies”). The nation turns to the Academies for independent, objective advice on issues that affect people's lives worldwide.The IOM’s aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely.

Other Foundations and Advocacy Organizations

Connecticut Health Foundation: A fellow health foundation in the state, The Connecticut Health Foundation strives to improve the health and well being of people all across the state by using a systems change approach to unlock greater access to quality, affordable care, especially for populations of color and underserved communities.

Connecticut Voices for Children: Connecticut Voices for Children's mission is to promote the well-being of all of Connecticut's children and families by identifying and advocating for strategic public investments and wise public policies. Connecticut Voices advances its mission through high quality research and analysis, policy development, strategic communications, and establishment of a sustainable and powerful voice for children.

Families USAFamilies USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. We partner with organizations and individuals across the entire spectrum of the health care community to achieve our mission.

Kaiser Family Foundation: A leader in health policy analysis and health journalism, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations, serving as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public. 

Commonwealth Fund: The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.  The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy.

Community CatalystCommunity Catalyst's mission is to organize and sustain a powerful consumer voice to ensure that all individuals and communities can influence the local, state and national decisions that affect their health.  Their website has a lot of information about current issues in health reform.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health, whose mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans.  Visit their site for more information on their focus areas, grantmaking, and more.

News Sources and Think Tanks

Vox – Health Care: Health news focused page of Vox, the news site of Vox Media, a modern media company empowering the smartest digital voices with the technology to create and distribute premium content, and connect with an audience of 165 million affluent and educated young adults worldwide.

Kaiser Health News: Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. KHN reports on how the health care system – hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers – works.  In addition to this website, stories are published by news organizations throughout the country. Site also features daily summaries of major health care news.

CT Health Policy Project: The Connecticut Health Policy Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational organization dedicated to improving access to affordable, quality health care for all Connecticut residents. The Connecticut Health Policy Project believes that empowered, informed consumers are the best engine to improve Connecticut's health care system for all.

CT Mirror Health Care PageHealth care stories at the CT Mirror, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet whose mission is to produce deep reporting on government policies and politics, to become an invaluable resource for anyone who lives, works or cares about Connecticut, and to hold state policymakers accountable for their decisions and actions.

CT Health I-Team: The non-profit Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT) is dedicated to producing original, responsible, in-depth journalism on issues of health and safety, in Connecticut and the surrounding region.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Health: Health focused page of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research and policy institute that pursues federal and state policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways. 

Center for American Progress – Health: Health focused page of the Center for American Progress, is an independent, nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.

Brookings Institution – HealthHealth focused page of the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations.

Brookings Institution Khan Academy Videos: Introduction to Health Care in the US: Informative videos on topics relevant to health reform:

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