Financial Assistance Support

February 27, 2023


Friends and Neighbors,

Over the last few weeks and months, many individuals and families have emailed, called, or simply stopped me in the grocery store to share their stories of struggling with rising costs of basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing and healthcare.

While we discuss, debate, and work through ways in which we may tackle these issues during the 2023 legislative session, I think it’s important to highlight the various assistance programs that are currently available to residents across the state of Connecticut. Below are details of several programs that offer healthcare assistance and cash assistance to individuals and families struggling with cost of living.

HUSKY Health Programs

Husky Health is a public health program in Connecticut that provides eligible individuals and families access to doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental health, and more. Husky health is made of up Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid. There are four different Husky programs, Husky A, B, C & D. Eligibility for these plans is determined by an individual's income compared to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). To view the FPL numbers and to check eligibility for these programs, click here.

See below for the different Husky plans.

  • HUSKY A—Medicaid for children, teens, parents, relative caregivers and pregnant women. For child eligibility, income must be below 201% FPL; for parent eligibility, income must be below 160% FPL.         
  • HUSKY B—Children’s Health Insurance Program for children and teens up to age 19. Level 1 eligibility: 201% FPL to 250% FPL; Level 2 eligibility: 250% FPL to 322% FPL
  • HUSKY C—Medicaid for adults 65 and older and adults with disabilities, including long-term services and supports and Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities. (varies by region, but generally < 50% of FPL).
  • HUSKY D—Medicaid for adults without dependent children with income below 138% FPL
Cash and Food Assistance Programs
  • Temporary Family Assistance (TFA): CT’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Provides monthly cash and employment assistance to eligible families to support basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing.
  • State-Administered General Assistance (SAGA): A cash assistance program that serves adults who are either permanently or temporarily unable to work due to a documented medical condition and whose income and assets are below program limits.
  • Medicare Savings Program (MSP): Provides funds for eligible Medicare enrollees to cover Medicare Part B premiums, copays & deductibles.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Provides food benefits, education on food preparation and nutrition to low-income households.
  • State Supplement: A cash assistance program that serves adults who are ages 18 to 64 and have a permanent disability, individuals age 65 and older, and individuals who are blind.
Housing Assistance Programs
  • Tenant Rental Assistance: The state-supported program for assisting very-low-income families to afford housing in the private market.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch via one of the links below.


Jeff Currey

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