2-1-1 Community Connection

June 2013

Message from 
Richard Porth
United Way of Connecticut
Access Health CT

Starting October 2013, Connecticut residents and business owners will have access to new health insurance options. Access Health CT is the new online marketplace that offers individuals, families and small employers a range of qualified, approved health insurance plans. Under national health care reform, states must have a health insurance exchange, like Access Health CT, in place by January 1, 2014. It is not too early to begin preparing for enrollment. Visit to learn more about the enrollment process and whether you qualify for premium discounts. The mission of Access Health CT is to increase the number of Connecticut residents who are insured, lower their costs, promote health and eliminate health disparities.

Temporary Reductions in
Emergency Unemployment Benefits

The federal budget cuts generally known as  "sequestration" will have an impact on Connecticut residents who receive Emergency Unemployment benefits. Beginning with payments received the week of June 24, federally-funded unemployment insurance benefits will be reduced by 19.2% per week through September 30, 2013. The reduction is due to the federal Budget Control Act of 2011 which requires across-the-board budget cuts to many federal programs. Under current law, a reduction in benefits will continue after October 1, 2013, unless new legislation is enacted. Emergency Unemployment Compensation is currently scheduled to expire December 31, 2013. Click here for information from the Connecticut Department of Labor.  



Connecticut Grown

Farmers' markets selling fresh, local produce are opening around the state. Dial 2-1-1 or visit for the Department of
Agriculture's full listing of farmers' markets in Connecticut. Many markets now accept SNAP and WIC and participate in the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Visit the 2-1-1 eLibrary for more information on these programs. 

Summer Fun for Youth!

2-1-1 has a wide array of information on summer activities for youth. Search 2-1-1 for local swimming facilities, museums, libraries, playgrounds, nature centers and more. To find facilities and activities, visit, and click on "Summer and After School Activities".



For information on how to prepare for and weather a flood, click here.


Hurricane season has begun. Click here for hurricance preparation information.


June is Home Ownership Month.  For information on
the Bridgeport Home Ownership expo, click here.


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