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HEALTH DATABASE

The Consumer Health Complete database provides content covering key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. Signing in away from the library requires a valid HPL library card number.

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MONTHLY HEALTH AWARENESS TOPIC

IN THE NEWS   

HEALTH INSURANCE AND BENEFITS

 

MONTHLY HEALTH AWARENESS TOPIC

May: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - Get moving!
Image: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html

Physical activity benefits everyone. Below are some tips from healthfinder.gov

  • Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health.
  • Adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
  • Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).

More information on ways to increase your fitness, visit the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

May is also National Bike Month. Here is a calendar of biking related activities in Hartford. More information about walking and biking locally is available from Bike Walk Connecticut

 

IN THE NEWS

Ticks and Tick-borne Illness

This spring Connecticut is facing a rise in the number of ticks, and with that the possiblity of tick-borne illnesses. 

Read/Watch a story from WTNH.
Listen to a discussion on WNPR
The Connecticut Health I-Team reported in 2016 on what you should know about ticks

Further information is available from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Zika Virus


HEALTH INSURANCE AND BENEFITS

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
 
AARP Fact Sheets - Facts about the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") from the AARP's department of Education & Outreach.
 
Affordable Care Act: About the Law - Information from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Información útil sobre la Ley de salud
 
Preparacion para Obamacare
 
Employment Issues
 
COBRA and Connecticut State Continuation of Coverage - Maintaining health care coverage due to a layoff, reduction of hours, leave of absence, or termination of employment (except for gross misconduct).
 
Family and Medical Leave Act - Information from the US Department of Labor.
 
Clinics (Available regardless of ability to pay)
 
Charter Oak Health Center - Offers a variety of services. See website for locations and hours in Hartford neighborhoods.
 
Community Health Services - Offers a variety of services. Hartford and Windsor locations.
 
InterCommunity - provides same-day primary care services to every member of the community who walks in, regardless of life situation or ability to pay (includes immigrants).  Also provide a wide array of behavioral health services. Locations in East Hartford and Hartford.
 
InterCommunity’s Addiction Services offers a similarly wide range of substance use treatment and recovery-supportive services. They are based in Hartford, with many sites in the area.
 
Malta House of Care - Mobile medical clinic. See website for hours and locations in Hartford neighborhoods.
 
Clinics (Dental)
 
List maintained by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
 
Clinics (Walk-in, Emergency Care)
 
Map
 
General Healthcare Information
 
Health Insurance on USA.gov - US Government portal to health insurance information and services.
 
Kaiser Family Foundation - Information on national healthcare issues.
 
Medline Plus - Health information from the US National Library of Medicine.
 
Medline Plus (Espanol)
 
Salud - GobiernoUSA.
 
Seguros de salud.
 
Temas de salud.
 
Health Marketplace
 
Access Health CT - This is the website for Connecticut's official health marketplace.
Includes a listing of enrollment fairs, events near you, and responses to
frequently asked questions.
 
Health Insurance Marketplace - Official Marketplace information source for assisters and outreach partners. Hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
 
Health Care Facility Evaluations
 
American Association for Homecare - Homecare lobbying group.
 
Best Hospitals - List by US News & World Report
 
Hospitals accepting Medicare - Official US Government site.
 
Health Care Providers
 
It is a good idea to visit the webpage for your insurance provider to find out if the health care provider is in your insurance network.
 
Find a Doctor - American Medical Association
 
Find a Dentist - American Dental Association
 
Dentists accepting HUSKY, Title IXX, Medicaid, and similar programs.
 
Find a Psycologist - American Psychological Association
 
Providers accepting Medicare - Official US Government site.
 
Services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities - Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective.
 
Health Insurance Companies
 
Below is a list of a few of the health insurance companies providing coverage in Connecticut. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list.
 
Aetna
 
Anthem Blue Cross
 
Cigna
 
Connecticare
 
United Healthcare
 
Healthy CT
 
If you are interested in obtaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), visit AccessHealthCT.
 
Hospitals in Hartford
 
Hartford Hospital
 
St. Francis Hospital
 
Immigrants
 
National Immigration Law Center - Their mission is to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
 
Medicare
 
Medicare - Official US Government site.
 
Medicare Physician Compare - Find physicians and other providers accepting Medicare
 
Medicare Hospital Compare - Find health care facilities accepting Medicare
 
Medications and Treatments
 
Best Buy Drugs - Drug information from Consumer Reports
 
Drug Information Portal - Drug information from the National Library of Medicine
 
Drugs, Herbs, and Supplements - Information from MedlinePlus.
 
Patient Care and Health Information - Information from the Mayo Clinic
 
RX List - Drug information provided by WebMD.
 
Military 
 
Military Health System - Official website of the Military Health System and the Defense Health Agency.
 
Military Support Services - CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
 
Veterans Health Administration - Information from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.