Healthcare Can Be Confusing - The Answers Start Here:
Have you ever..............
- Spent hours on the phone with your health insurance company trying to resolve a problem?
- Been denied service or treatment you thought was covered and wondered what you can do?
For help or to find out more of your rights, click here for Office of the Healthcare Advocate or call 1-866-466-4446.
Below are resources for families with no, or limited, medical insurance coverage:
The State of CT Dept. of Social Services now has a combined application for health insurance programs through the Access Health CT website
I am a Senior and I cannot afford treatment. Where else can I go for help?
Dental: Some states offer stand-alone dental plans through the health insurance Marketplaces. People with Medicare are not eligible for subsidies to pay for these plans. Find your state Marketplace at HealthCare.gov or call the Marketplace call center (available 24/7) at 1-800-318-2596. Community Health Centers provide health services, including dental care, to those with limited incomes, usually on a sliding scale payment. Local dental schools sometimes provide the community with lower cost services as a way of training new dentists and dental hygienists. Search for a nearby school at the American Dental Association or the American Dental Hygienists Association. The Dental Lifeline Network runs a program offering free, comprehensive dental treatment to vulnerable people, including the elderly and those living with disabilities.
Are you "new" to Medicare and need to speak to someone for guidance? Please contact:
NCAAA (North Central Area Agency on Aging) at 860-724-6443
Contact one of our more local CHOICES Counselors:
Simsbury: Marlene at 860-658-3273
Canton/Farmington: Paula at 860-675-2490
West Hartford: Linda at 860-561-7561
Vision: EyeCare America®, a service of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides free eye exams and up to one year of care for low-income individuals who qualify. Mission Cataract USA offers free cataract surgery to those without insurance (including Medicare/Medicaid). Vision USA, a program of the American Optometric Association, provides free eye exams for low-income Americans without insurance.Hearing: Sertoma is a civic service organization that connects people with hearing assistance. The Foundation for Sight and Sound, through its Help America Hear Program, provides hearing aids for men, women, and children with limited financial resources. The Better Hearing Institute maintains a comprehensive, free Guide to Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids. The Starkey Foundation gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. We believe hearing is a vehicle to reflect caring and to improve the lives of individuals, their families, and communities.
Here are a few additional resources for Seniors that can help you save money:
- BenefitsCheckUp® is the nation’s most comprehensive free, online service to screen seniors with limited income for benefits programs.
- EconomicCheckUp® helps older adults improve their economic security by finding work, cutting spending, reducing debt, and using their home equity wisely.
Other Health Resources
Community Health Services - 500 Albany Ave., Hartford, CT 06120-2599 - Phone: (860) 249-9625
This is a resource for families with no medical insurance, which also covers dental and vision.
Charter Oak Health Center - 21 Grand Street / 401 N. Britain Ave. - Hartford, CT 06106
Telephone: (860) 550-7500,
Charter Oak Health Center, Inc. (COHC) is a federally qualified, freestanding, JCAHO-accredited, nonprofit community health center that has continuously provided community-based ambulatory primary health care in Hartford since 1978. COHC's philosopy is to provide comprehensive primary care to all in need on a sliding fee basis without regard to ability to pay.
Malta House of Care Mobile Medical Clinic - Our mission is to provide free primary health care to the uninsured.
Pfizer MAINTAIN Program - New Med Program for unemployed w/o Health Insurance
Pfizer Inc., announced that it will launch an innovative program to help eligible unemployed Americans and their families who have lost their health insurance maintain access to their Pfizer medicines at no cost.
To reach the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services for assistance with applying for benefits, such as Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/formerly known as Food Stamps, call (860) 724-6443 x 275 for the Benefits Enrollment Center.
MyPlaceCT.org is a free, web-based resource designed to help older adults and people with disabilities live at home or in the community with optimal independence, health and wellbeing. It helps people explore their options and features current information on a wide range of services and supports - all in one place.
The easily accessible information and the opportunities for training featured on MyPlaceCT.org, will help a variety of stakeholders - providers, communities, Partners - maximize time, create efficiency and have an even greater impact on the people they serve.
As a virtual home of No Wrong Door (NWD), MyPlaceCT.org reflects the philosophy that each person is unique, with individual needs, on their own journey to seek long term services and supports. Regardless of where an individual starts, partners and providers can help people utilize MyPlaceCT.org to better understand and access their options and support their decision-making.
MyPlaceCT.org is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Social Services, in collaboration with partner State Agencies, 2-1-1/United Way of Connecticut and My Place CT Partners. MyPlaceCT.org is an initiative of Connecticut's Strategic Plan to Rebalance Long-term Services and Supports is aligned with initiatives to address the social determinants of health. Funding is provided by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.