Your environment and ability to access key Services & Supports often affects your health. In this section, you’ll find information on health coverage options, health management and prevention, holistic health, and how mental health can affect your daily life.
Your health and well-being are intrinsically connected to your ability to live, learn, work, and play.
Health Insurance Coverage Options
Employer-provided health insurance: Many people receive health insurance coverage through an employer, as an employee or family member of an employee. Some employers also provide health insurance coverage for retirees and family members. These plans vary widely. Visit Access Health CT to learn more about health insurance options.
Medicaid: The state health insurance program providing a comprehensive health care benefits package including preventive care, primary care, specialist visits, hospital care, behavioral health services, dental services and prescription medications to eligible low-income individuals.
Medicare: This is the federal health insurance program for older adults, people with disabilities and End-Stage Renal Disease. Benefits can be received through different programs and policies either from the government or a private insurance company.
Veterans’ Health Administration: A comprehensive medical benefits package provided to eligible veterans including preventive, primary, and specialty care; prescriptions; mental health care; home health care; geriatrics and extended care; medical equipment and prosthetics. Many veterans qualify for free health care, while some pay modest co-payments. Visit the Veteran Services page to learn more.
Health Management and Prevention
Managing Chronic Disease and Pain: Dealing with a chronic disease or pain can impact nearly all aspects of daily life. Learn about the actions you can take to manage it.
Preventing Falls: A fall can pose a risk of serious injury and be symptomatic of other medical problems. There are numerous measures you can take to prevent the risk of a fall.
Medication Management: It’s important to stay organized and properly manage multiple medications. Learn about the strategies you can use to safely keep track of your prescriptions.
Geriatric Assessments: These evaluations take a holistic, comprehensive approach to assessing an older adult’s physical and mental health, functional ability and environment aimed to improve their quality of life.
GoPHR: GoPHR is an online platform where Connecticut residents can access an in-depth report of their health information updated in real-time.
Holistic Health: This is an integrated approach to healing that considers treating the whole person, rather than specific illnesses, body parts or symptoms. Holistic health aims to achieve maximum well-being in all areas of one’s life.
Mental Health and Daily Life
Mental Health and Addiction: There is a substantial link between mental health, mental illness and substance abuse. Learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and resources to treat them.
Memory Loss: When forgetfulness and memory loss start to regularly disrupt daily life, it may be a sign of an illness or disease. Learn about how to identify and manage memory loss.
Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation: Older adults and people with disabilities can face abuse, neglect, and exploitation by family members, friends, caregivers, and others. It’s important to identify the different types and warning signs of abuse and take action.