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October is here which means the cold and flu season is near. Here are a few tips to stay healthy.

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, being with ill people and especially before you eat
  • Use tissues for coughs and sneezes and dispose of them immediately and appropriately
  • Avoid sharing objects
  • Eat right and get regular exercise
  • Reduce stress

The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

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Do you have questions about how to share recent news events with your children? This site offers some tips. 


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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.
Información sobre la salud de los niños / Information about Children's Health
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)
General Healthcare Information
Health Insurance on - 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.
Anthem Blue Cross
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
National Immigration Law Center - Their mission is to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
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 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.