Access Health CT Open Enrollment & Opportunity To Win $20K For Your Child's Education

November 3, 2023

The start of November means open enrollment is under way for Access Health CT. Please look below to find out how you can register or renew an existing plan.

All K-12 students have an opportunity to win up to $20,000 for their future education in a special contest. They need to submit an essay, drawing, or video. Keep scrolling to learn more, but you have to act fast because the deadline to submit is approaching quickly.

And, I spoke with State Senator Matt Lesser on my weekly radio show about the work we've accomplished during our legislative careers. The entire show is below.

Here are the sections in today's email:

  • Access Health CT Open Enrollment
  • Opportunity To Win Up to $20K For Your Child's Education
  • Fall Leaf Collection
  • Let's Talk About It: State Senator Matt Lesser
Access Health CT Open Enrollment
You can now enroll, renew coverage, and explore the various policy options with Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace. Open enrollment started on November 1.
If you are interested and have questions about the program, there are several ways to receive free assistance:
  • In-person: There are in-person enrollment locations and events taking place across Connecticut. Find more information by CLICKING HERE.
  • Online: Visit You can learn more about the different plans and find free help online using the "live chat" feature.
  • By phone: Call 1-855-805-4325. Help is available Monday - Friday,
    8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1- 855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator.
  • Work with a Broker: To find a Certified Broker or Enrollment Specialist, visit

If you or your family need quality, affordable healthcare please don't miss this opportunity. Click here to learn more.

Opportunity To Win Up to $20K
For Your Child's Education
Time is running out to participate in a competition giving students an opportunity to win up to $20,000 toward their future education. The CHET Dream Big! Competition asks all Connecticut students to answer a question in the form of a drawing, essay, or video. 
You must act now because the deadline to enter is Monday, November 6!
The competition is broken up into three different age groups and questions.
  • K-4th grade: What is something you could do to make your community or neighborhood better?
  • 5th-8th grade: What is something you could do to help make the lives of others better?
  • 9th-12th grade: What is a lesson you've learned and how will it influence your future?
Official Contest Rules
Some amazing prizes will be awarded in the form of contributions to a CHET 529 college savings account and support for local schools.
·      3 Grand Prize winners receive $20,000 (one student from each age group)
·      24 winners receive $6,000 (eight students per age group)
·      336 winners receive $500 (112 students per age group)
·      10 randomly selected participating schools will win $7,500 in tech equipment
The competition is open to all Connecticut K-12 students, and every child has the chance to participate. Good luck!
Fall Leaf Collection
Let's Talk About It: State Senator Matt Lesser

We discussed the legislative work State Senator Matt Lesser and I have teamed up on during our nearly 15 year career at the State Capitol on my weekly public affairs show, “Let’s Talk About It.” We dug deeper into Sen. Lesser’s political career, the law he helped create that helps students taking loans, and the change to the TANF program.

Senator Lesser started his political career in the State House and served the 100th district, which is in Middletown. He was first elected in 2008 just like me, and we were sworn into office in January 2009. During his time in the House, he helped write and pass the country’s first Student Loan Bill of Rights. The law regulates the student loan industry, ensures there are basic consumer protections, and aids student borrowers.

We also talked about Lesser’s work after he joined the Senate, which includes a law to protect our microgrid, allowing the state to build more green buildings. The state realized how vulnerable our critical infrastructure was during big storms. We passed a law providing more resilience to microgrids in the case of an emergency, which supports hospitals, schools, gas stations, and so much more.

We also touched on the key legislation that we passed in 2023 which helps our homeless families by rebuilding the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The new law extends the time limit for families receiving welfare cash assistance from 21 months to 36 months.

We focused on education in other parts of our discussion -- from free community college, to the updated education cost sharing grant, to special education funding. Please click on the video below to listen to the entire show!

State Senator Matt Lesser discusses our accomplishments in the state legislature.