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Connecticut Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Connecticut.

 

Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration
800.772.1213

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources

Bankruptcy

How to File Bankruptcy in Connecticut for Free

Filing bankruptcy can be an effective way to eliminate medical bills and credit card debt among other kinds of erasable debts.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243

State Fair Employment Agency
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
860.541.3400
CHRO.webmaster@ct.gov

Connecticut Paid Leave

Vocational Rehabilitation
Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation
Locate your office, and then call the number provided for more information.

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Connecticut Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
Access Health CT
855.805.4325

Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program & External Appeals 
Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate
866.466.4446
healthcare.advocate@ct.gov

Connecticut Insurance Department
860.297.3800 or 800.203.3447

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

COBRA-Connecticut
Connecticut Department of Insurance
860.297.3800 or 800.203.3447

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Connecticut Department of Labor
860.263.6000

Agency: Connecticut Department of Labor

File here. Claimants are advised of the importance of checking their email daily for updates after filing. For the weekly continued filing, go here.

Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. There is a dependency allowance of $15/week for up to five children you support financially under the age of 18 (or under 21 if a student or physically or mentally disabled). It is also possible to claim a dependency allowance for your spouse under certain circumstances. Payment is available via direct deposit or a debit card.

A comprehensive guide is available here. A tutorial about how to apply is here. Assistance for claims is not available via phone, but you can call 860-9670493 or 203-941-6868 for general inquiries.

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 38a-483c, 38a-504a – 38a-504g, 38a-513b, 38a-542a – 38a-542g – The statutes apply to individual and group health insurance plans. These insurers must pay for routine patient care costs associated with cancer clinical trials. The statutes define “cancer clinical trial,” and specifically mention that prevention trials are covered only in Phase III and only if they involve “therapeutic intervention.”

The clinical trial protocol must be reviewed & approved by (1) NIH, (2) NCI cooperative group, (3) U.S. F.D.A. in the form of an investigational new drug application, (4) U.S. Dept. of Defense, or (5) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Second, the insurer may require documentation of the likelihood of therapeutic benefit, informed consent, protocol information and test results, and/or a summary of the costs involved. (Current 6/2011)

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Paid Family Sick Leave

Connecticut passed paid family leave legislation in 2019 and benefits are available now.

  • Who’s eligible? All private sector employees. Self-employed individuals and state/local collective bargaining units can opt in. Employees must also have earned at least $2,325 from one or more employers during the highest-earning quarter of the base period and have been employed by an employer in the previous 12 weeks before the claim.
  • Who can be cared for? A family member with a serious health condition or an employee’s own serious health condition. Paid leave is also available for an employee serving as an organ or bone marrow donor. “Family member” is defined broadly and includes a child, parent, parent-in-law, spouse, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or another person who is related to an employee by blood or affinity whose close association the employee shows to be the equivalent of a family relationship.
  • How much time is given? 12 weeks.
  • How much is paid? The amount paid depends on the employee’s base pay. If the employee is paid less than or equal to Connecticut’s minimum wage, they will receive 95% of the worker’s average weekly wage. If the employee earns more than minimum wage, they will receive 95% of minimum wage + 60% of the worker’s wage that exceeds the Connecticut minimum wage. The maximum that can be received is equal to 60 times the Connecticut minimum wage.
  • How do I apply? Visit Connecticut Paid Leave for more information.