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Connecticut, Food Stamps,

Connecticut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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What You Need To Know

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was created in the 1980s as a result of an increase in hunger in the American population. The program was called the Food Stamp Program at the time of its creation by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program has helped over 40 million people from low-income household by providing them with a nutritiously-rich diet. It is considered to be one of the most active and helpful programs of the federal government accommodating families at times of economic downfall in the country.

Program Goals

The main purpose of the Connecticut food stamp program is to provide the underprivileged families living on a fixed budget with an opportunity to improve their food quality. It helps them add valuable nutrition in their food by purchasing food that is healthy and nutritious. This leads them to live a healthy and self- sustaining lifestyle subsequently increasing the quality of lifestyle of people in the country.

How It Works

The eligible families are linked with government agencies, nutritionists, and local community-based as well as faith-based organizations in Connecticut. These organizations make sure the families are fully educated about the program so that they can approach the application in a well-informed manner. This leads the families to make better decisions and allow them to take full benefits from the country’s largest hunger preventive program. The beneficiaries are provided with an electronic card which they can use in the various food stores approved by the government.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Connecticut Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program the applicant must be a citizen of the state of Connecticut.

To be able to eligible for this program you must have yearly household income either equal to or less than the given amount:

Size Of The Household Maximum Annual Income Level ($)
1 $16247
2 $21983
3 $27729
4 $33475
5 $39221
6 $44967
7 $50713
8 $56459

 

This information can be subjected to change therefore, it is highly recommended to contact a suitable agency to provide you with up-to-date program guidelines.

It is also worth noting that families that are already on some kind of need-based public assistance with a financially unstable background can also apply for the Connecticut SNAP program. The household can either be on a Supplement Security Income Program or any other such aid is unequivocally eligible for the program.

SNAP Pre-Screening Tool

Another way to check your eligibility for the program is by using the “SNAP pre-screening tool” to check if you can attain the benefits of the program. It is important to understand that the tool neither an application to apply for the program nor does it guarantee that you will get the benefit. It simply lets you know your eligibility based on your household income level per annum. In order to fill the application, you need to visit the SNAP office in your locality.

In the screening test, the applicant you will be asked to mention certain information including

  • Household income
  • VA and social security payments
  • Utility bill
  • and other medical expenses (for older citizens) including your child support payment to take the test.

The amount of the benefit received by each household through the CT SNAP program might vary depending on the need. Families that are more underprivileged would receive a large amount to properly afford a sufficient diet.

There are several other programs that provide benefits to the families therefore; it is highly recommended that you get in touch with the other programs offered in your locality for better guidance.

How To Apply?

The application process varies from state to state, depending on the guidelines of the federal government. Usually, the process requires one person to apply on behalf of the whole family. The selected applicants go through an interview which is mostly conducted through the phone. Besides that, the application form consists of the applicants’ full information including their expenses, income level, identity, citizenship status.

You can either mail the application documents or even apply online.  In order to apply online, kindly visit the CT SNAP website.

Furthermore, if you wish to directly download the online application process kindly visit the How to Apply page of the website.

For Further Information?

In case of further queries related to the program, visit official website  for detailed information regarding the program.

In order to find a SNAP’s office near you, you may take help from the online Regional Offices website that will guide you to the office near your locality or use the contact the Connecticut Department of  Social Services at the following number:

1-855-626-6632

Other than that, you can also visit the official Connecticut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s “Contact Us” page to get an idea about how you find an office near you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecticut, Housing,

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

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What You Need To Know

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program open from 1st November of each till 30th April of each year. It is a program designed to compensate low-income household who are not financially stable and are unable to pay their winter heating costs. It is a part of the fully funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by the US Department of Health and Human Services as a Block Grant.

How Does It Work?

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program works in collaboration with various public and private non-profit organizations throughout the state. The program does not pay the whole heating bill but half of it and the other half is paid by the family themselves. This helps the households to lessen the burden of their gas and heating bills during winters. The heating bills that the program pays can include sources such as kerosene, oil, electricity, natural gas, coal, and wood. The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program provides supports in terms of:

  • Bill payment
  • energy crisis
  • any kind of  energy-related home repair assistance
  • Weatherproofing of the house

Program Goals

The main goal of the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is t provide help with the heating bills of families coming from an underprivileged background.  It is difficult for such households to make ends meet. The selected household is given assistance with their utility bills in order to alleviate any health and safety-related problems. The purpose of CEAP is to keep the household safe from any dangerous circumstances like fire, eviction or any other life-threatening illness that might happen due to poor heating conditions of the house.

Eligibility Criteria

To be able to qualify for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) you need to be the residence of the state of Connecticut. You should have a gross annual income either less than or equal to 60% of the Median Income of the state. CEAP decides the qualification of a certain household-based of the annual income level and the total number of people residing in the house.

Size Of The Household Maximum Annual Income Level ($)
1 18735
2 25365
3 31995
4 38625
5 45255
6 51885
7 58515
8 65145

If the total number of household members exceeds 8, then an amount of $6630  is included per person. The above-given information is subjected to change from time to time. It is important to visit a managing agency in your locality that can help you get the most accurate and up-to-date guidelines regarding the program.

You can also check your eligibility by filling an online form on the website. You need to answers questions related to your

  • Household size
  • Annual gross income of the household
  • Any other benefit programs you or your family members have applies for

If you or any of your family member are already receiving assistance from any other benefit programs like the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or any need-based benefit for Veterans then you might automatically get selected.

How To Apply

The Application Process for the program starts in August and ends in April. After April application forms close and no more applications are entertained, therefore, it is better to apply before the deadline in order for your application to be considered by the CEAP offices in your community.

To get the application form kindly visit your nearby Community Action Agency office. You can also get your hands on the Energy Assistance Application on this website. It is better to have all your documents with you in order to fill the form as correctly as possible. The Community Action Agencies are open during weekdays take all the required documents with you while visiting.

For Further Information

In the case of further queries or any extra data required, you can visit the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program to learn more about the program and its requirements related to eligibility criteria and application procedure. Moreover, you can call 2-1-1 Uniter Way to find out about the application offices in your locality. There are other appropriate websites to help you get in contact including

All these websites will help you better understand the program policies and guidelines so that you can properly apply for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. It is better to apply as soon as the application opens up as it gives you times to collect documents and relevant information. Keeping in mind the deadline is another important thing so that your household is not deprived of the benefits provided by the program. Moreover, the program website is updated whenever the program opens up with announcements regarding important dates and guidelines are mentioned.

Connecticut, Healthcare,

Connecticut Healthcare Husky (SCHIP)

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What You Need To Know

The HUSKY Healthcare program (CHIP) in the state of Connecticut is run by the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The program is enhancing the healthcare experience for the citizens of Connecticut who otherwise are underprivileged and are unable to afford any sort of private health coverage.

22% of Connecticut’s populations which add up to over 800,000 citizens are benefited by the Connecticut HUSKY Healthcare who otherwise cannot apply for the Medicaid program. The program provides healthcare packages to both individuals who are working as well as to working families. The CHIP is the result of an extension of the Medicaid program. The federal government makes the basic frameworks of the program however; each state has the option to add other benefits to it.

The programs provide healthcare benefits to,

  • Children
  • Parents
  • Caregivers/guardians
  • People with disabilities
  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • Parents with no dependent child

The Connecticut HUSKY Health is mostly free-of-cost or inexpensive which makes it very economical for the eligible candidates to take advantage of the benefit and improve their health conditions.

Types of HUSKY Members

The HUSKY members are divided into 4 types;

  • HUSKY A (mostly children and parents). Almost 60% of the enrollees are HUSKY A clients
  •  HUSKY B which is the Connecticut CHIP program
  • HUSKY C includes older citizens and special need people
  • HUSKY D are adults with no dependent child

What does the program cover?

The program comes with a full package of healthcare benefits that are provided to the HUSKY clients. The services provided by the Connecticut HUSKY Health include;

  •  Routine medical examinations
  •  all kind of Immunization or “shots”
  • Laboratory test (  including blood tests, X-rays)
  • Prescription
  • Doctor visit
  • Mental Health Assistance
  • Sign Language services
  • Translational services
  • Dental care
  • Eye care services
  • Emergency services
  • hospital care ( both inpatient and outpatient)
  • Maternity care
  • Healthcare services for women
  • Dialysis

All these services and many more are provided to the members of the Connecticut HUSKY Healthcare.

What are the requirements?

The eligible candidates for the Connecticut HUSKY Healthcare (SCHIP) are families with children up to 19 years of age who are exempted for Medicaid as a result of high household income.

It is required for the child to be a permanent and legal resident of the state of Connecticut in order to be eligible for the CT HUSKY Healthcare (SCHIP). Other than that, the annual household income of the family is also taken into consideration for the child to be deemed eligible for the program. The total household income before taxes should not exceed

Size Of The Household Maximum Annual Income Level ($)
1 37470
2 50730
3 63990
4 77250
5 90510
6 103770
7 117030
8 130290

If the total number of household members exceeds 8, then an amount of  $13260  is included per person. The above information is subjected to change from time to time. It is advisable to visit a managing agency in your locality that can help you get the latest and up-to-date information and program guidelines.

Are You Eligible?

The eligibility for the Connecticut HUSKY Healthcare (CHIP) can also be checked through an online procedure. In order to fulfill that online form to check your eligibility, you need to answer questions related to your

  • Personal information
  • Annual household income
  • Citizenship status
  • Household size

How To Apply

The application process for Connecticut HUSKY Healthcare (SCHIP) is simple and uncomplicated. The application form is available online of you can collect them in person from your local CHIP office. To access the online form please visit the ConneCT website. You can find in-detailed information related to your HUSKY Healthcare on the website including frequently asked questions and videos on how to get started with the application form. If you are new to the state of Connecticut the website also provides guidance on how to access your account and view your healthcare insurance status.

In case of further queries about the application process and the eligibility criteria, you can visit Connecticut’s official marketplace for health insurance in Connecticut. The marketplace was established to ensure health insurance to the maximum number of Connecticut ‘s residence. It also makes sure that the citizens are able to afford healthcare and live a healthy and safe life and to alleviate health inequalities in the state. The marketplace provides complete information and meets the needs of the Federal Affordable Care Act. You can also find detailed information related to the Affordable Care Act here.

Need further information?

The Connecticut HUSKY Health program can help you better understand the program including the qualifications requirements and application process.

In order to know more about the CHIP program and its current policies please visit the Medicaid & CHIP Policies website. Here you will be provided with the most up-to-date information to ease the whole process for you. You can also visit your local HUSKY program office in order to clarify any confusion.