Home-Stretch Obamacare Campaign Launched

Allan Appel Photo13,174. 9,909. 4,958.

Those are the estimated number of uninsured in Dixwell/Newhallville, Fair Haven, and the Hill.

As the March 31 deadline approaches for uninsured people to signup for the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) or risk paying a fine, officials invoked those numbers at a press conference convened by the city and Access Health CT at the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center. The officials launched the New Haven edition of a campaign called “Because I Got Covered”.

Its aim: to target and reach the remaining greatest concentrations of uninsured.

Officials presented success stories like that of the Cousin Family. Before Steven Cousin, his son, and wife signed up for insurance via the Affordable Care Act, baby Steven Jr. and his dad were paying Aetna $800 a month just for the two of them.

His mom, with a preexisting condition, was not permitted on the policy.

Now all three are with Anthem under Obacamare. The cost: $314 per month.

The new effort dovetails with others in town. Click here for a story on recent canvassing for those hard-to-reach folks by members of the Board of Alders. Click here for a story on Access Health CT’s success thus far in signing up about 131,000 people, ahead of the projected goal.

“We’re saturating the market” to reach those approximately 26,000 people in the three zip codes of Dixwell and Newhallville (06511), Fair Haven (06513), and the Hill (06519), where most of the remaining uninsured reside, said Paul Kowalski (pictured), acting director of the city Health Department.

In addition to robocalls and advertising, the campaign includes nine “fairs” around the city scheduled between now and March 31.

The next two events where you can sign up on the spot are both on Thursday, at St. Luke’s Church, 111 Whalley Ave., from 3 p.m.to 7 p.m.; and at the Fair Haven Public Library at 182 Grand Ave., from noon to 6 p.m.

For a full list, go to the Access Health CT site, or call 1-855-805-4325.

To give a sense of the scope of the challenge:  In the past two years, the Hill Health Center has treated about 9,000 uninsured people, said Rob Rioux, chief of strategic development. In January and February the center signed up about 500 of those for Obamacare, with trained “assisters” on the premises.

“With this population, they may be transient or homeless,” or without an address, said Rioux.

He said the staff is working hard to reach and to sign up the balance of 8500.

The deadline is only for those who may be eligible for enrollment via Access Health CT in the qualified private plans. “Afterwards, Medicaid [enrollment] is continuous,” added Hill Health CEO Michael Taylor.

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posted by: THREEFIFTHS on March 6, 2014  8:46am

Pastor Steven, Dr. Christina, and baby Steven III Cousin.
Now all three are with Anthem under Obacamare.

The church takes care of this.What about the people who can not afford this.Again Snake oil being sold.We need Single-Payer!!! In fact look what you all give up under this plan.

Obamacare VS Single Payer – Top 10 Things the ACA Gave Us VS the Top 10 We Gave Up

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 14:30 — Bruce A. Dixon


Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law


We need Single-Payer!!!

posted by: robn on March 6, 2014  9:06am

If this does what its supposed to do, increasing the pool of insured, are insurance companies obligated to drop rates? Its pretty expensive now, even for the poor who have a subsidized rate.
If the program only provides a windfall for insurance companies and customers don’t get a break , I think that would be very unfair.

posted by: getyourfactstraight on March 6, 2014  12:30pm

Still many flaws and affordability is still an issue for many. Can one sign up, pay what they can by a calculated formula toward this and let Medicaid pick up the rest of the expense?

posted by: robn on March 6, 2014  1:34pm


About 8 months ago Christine Stewart did a good rundown of the plan basics. You can read those here.


posted by: TheMadcap on March 6, 2014  1:44pm


The answer to your question is no, as in theory that is what the subsidies exists for.

posted by: madre726 on March 6, 2014  3:50pm

While it is healthy to have the debate about the current ACA vs. single-payer, I think Threefifths is missing the point. The lack of Medicaid expansion in majority Republican-controlled states is why many poor blacks have been left without affordable coverage. If you are going to play the blame game, at least put the blame in the right place.

The story of the Cousin family is inspiring not just because of the numbers(by the way—it seems kind of snarky to point who is paying for it;and why wouldn’t the church be happy about paying LESS for its pastor’s insurance?) but because Christina was stigmatized by the healthcare system because of a pre-existing condition BEFORE ACA. Do you know what it is like to either be considered un-insurable or to have to pay astronomical premiums because of a condition you were born with? Please consider this fact before condemning something as “snake oil.”

The ACA certainly isn’t perfect, but it is short-sighted and/or downright careless to act like it has only caused harm to people. The ACA represents a law that COULD be passed—perhaps not the law that SHOULD HAVE BEEN passed, but something is better than nothing. If you live in a state where Medicaid was not expanded, communicate your displeasure AT THE BALLOT BOX.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on March 6, 2014  4:47pm

@ madre726

Read the whole story ACA Vs Single payer.

ACA only covers about half the nation’s total uninsured. It leaves two thirds of the blacks and single mothers, along with half the low-wage employed currently without health insurance untouched.You can blame Republicans for blocking ACA implementation, but they’re only exploiting the opening Democrats gave them. The White House and Congressional Democrats made the decision to go for piecemeal private insurance reform rather than wholesale public health care reform. Democrats and the entire political establishment placed much of what little credibility they had after the bank bailout behind the purported achievements of the ACA. A promise is a promise, and people DO remember broken promises. Broken promises poison the well of civic trust for established political parties and candidates.
ACA’s scheme of privatized health insurance paid for by public dollars was originally devised by one arm of the ultraconservative Heritage Foundation, and is opposed today by another arm of that same organization. Go figger.Before it was called Obamacare nationally, it was called Romneycare in Massachusetts when that state’s governor implemented it there.By embracing what was a short time ago a right wing pipe dream as “health care reform” Democrats and so-called progressives have given Republicans encouragement to move further to the right, opposing ACA even though it originated at the nation’s premiere right wing think tank.

Blame both parties for selling out the people for not giving us Single Payer.

Physicians for a National Health Program