Medicaid / Children’s Health Access

Medicaid is state-administered health insurance that provides coverage for low income families and adults.

The federal government provides reimbursement to the states for monies expended under the Medicaid program, and reimbursement may consist of up to seventy-five percent (or more) of the costs incurred by the state. The federal government agency responsible for Medicaid Services is the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Medicaid at a Glance (HHS Publication)


Connecticut Medicaid

The Medicaid program in Connecticut is administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services

Children under the age of nineteen whose family income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits through healthcare coverage provided by the state’s HUSKY (Healthcare for Uninsured Kids and Youth) program.

Children whose family income exceeds 185% of the federal poverty level may be eligible for subsidized coverage under the state’s HUSKY B program. Children with special needs enrolled in HUSKY B may also be eligible for supplemental coverage under HUSKY B Plus.


Parents or guardians of HUSKY eligible children may receive healthcare coverage under the HUSKY A program if the family’s income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level.

Information regarding eligibility, benefits available, and application information is available on the HUSKY Healthcare website or 1-877-CT-HUSKY (1-877-284-8759).


Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Services for children enrolled in HUSKY A are provided through the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) have formed the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CT BHP) to plan and implement an integrated public behavioral health service system for children and families.

The primary goal of the CT BHP is to provide enhanced access to and coordination of a more complete and effective system of community-based behavioral health services and supports and to improve member outcomes. Secondary goals include better management of state resources and increased federal financial participation in the funding of behavioral health services.

Connecticut State Medicaid Plan Model Application


Connecticut Medicaid/Healthcare Access Resources

Connecticut Medicaid Managed Care Council
Established under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 17b-28 as a collaborative body consisting of legislators, Medicaid consumers, advocates, healthcare providers, insurers and state agencies to advise the Department of Social Services (DSS) on the development and implementation of Connecticut’s Medicaid (HUSKY Part A) and SCHIP (HUSKY Part B) Managed Care program, and for ongoing legislative and public input in the monitoring of the program.

Connecticut Health Policy Project
A non-profit, non-partisan research and educational organization dedicated to improving access to affordable, quality health care for all Connecticut residents.


Federal Medicaid Resources

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services – Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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