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    A new federal law called the Affordable Health Care Act, also referred to as “Obamacare”, began to be implemented just yesterday on October 1st. The intent of this new law is to make health insurance more accessible and affordable to all.

    What does this mean for New Haven residents? It depends. For example, if you already have health insurance, you do not need to do anything. However, if you do not have health insurance, you will need to ensure that you purchase health insurance prior to January 1, 2014.

    Health insurance plans, at various price-points, can be reviewed and purchased at http://www.accesshealthct.com. This website is also a good source of information to get answers to any questions or concerns you may have. There is also a toll-free number to call for getting information on health insurance plans, purchasing plans and getting answers to any questions you may have. The toll-free phone number is 1-855-805-4325.

    Along with the requirement that all citizens who do not have health insurance purchase health insurance, the Affordable Health Care Act expands the financial assistance available to those whose incomes fall within certain guidelines. For example, Medicaid eligibility has been expanded for single person incomes up to $15,856 and, for a family of four, for incomes of up to $32,499.

    Above the Medicaid income threshold, there is still financial assistance. Single person incomes ranging from $15,857 up to $45,960 and, for a family of four, incomes from $32,500 to $94,200 can qualify for tax credits.

    Throughout the month of October, the City of New Haven will gear up to provide even more assistance in order to help residents navigate the new law, answer questions and select health insurance plans. I will keep you informed and up to date as this happens.

    For more information on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut, click here.

    Bike Tour Outdoor Adventure with New Haven Parks Department this Saturday! The Outdoor Adventure Coordinator will lead a round trip on this spectacular bike trail, including transportation between New Haven and the eastern trail head in East Hampton, CT. The completed section of the Airline Rail Trail is a 22.4 mile section in Eastern Connecticut on the former tracks of the New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic Railroad. The railroad was called the Airline because it was the straightest route from Boston to New York.

    The trail is composed of ballast, stone dust, and packed dirt, thus, most suitable for mountain bikes. Hybrids, and Cyclo-cross bikes may also perform well, but we do not recommend using a road bike here.

    The trail environment is diverse with forest, streams and wetlands and it is known for being one of the best bike trails to experience the changing leaves in the Fall. It has over one dozen bridges and stone culverts and two large viaducts called the Lyman and The Colchester, which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

    Ride will also go by cranberry bogs and Raymond Brook Marsh, where lots of migrating waterfowl and songbirds may be seen, as well as water lilies, other aquatic plants and wildflowers. If you are into bird watching a compact pair of binoculars will be great to have.

    Please note that there are no toilets, restaurants, or potable water anywhere on the trail (we will stop at a facility to use bathrooms at the beginning and end of the trip), so you must bring plenty of water and snacks.

    Van and support vehicle will depart New Haven from the corner of Cold Spring and Orange Streets at 9:15AM sharp and will return about 3:15PM. Vehicle ride will be about 1 hour each way. Participants will have 4 hours to ride as far as they wish during this time.

    Please meet at the designated spot no later that 9:00AM as to allow plenty of time for loading and securing the bikes.


    New Haven residents: registration $10 per person includes transportation, copy of map, beverages and snacks

    Non New Haven residents: registration fee $15 dollars per person includes copy of map, beverages and snacks

    Participants must bring the following: bicycle, helmet, 2 full water bottles, snacks, jacket, sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent, spare tube for your bike, and day pack or pannier to carry spare clothes and gear. All participants must wear helmets while riding with the group.

    Pre-registration is mandatory and space is limited to 16 riders. Please specify which type of bike you will be using, tube size, and if your wheels are equipped with quick release mechanisms, Bicycles will be secured on bike tracks attached to the support vehicle.

    For pre-registration or for more information please contact: Martin Torresquintero at 203 946 6768 or mtorresq@newhavenct.net

    Introducing the New Haven Prescription Discount Card!

    Card is available to ALL New Haven residents, at no cost, and provides an average of 45% savings on prescriptions

    In September, I was proud to announce that the City of New Haven has launched a new benefit for all City residents: the New Haven Prescription Discount Card. The New Haven Prescription Discount Card will be made available to residents at no cost (to the City or to residents) and without regard to age, income, health and health insurance status. The card provides an average of 45% savings on prescriptions as well as savings on vision and hearing care.

    Over the next couple of weeks, each residence in New Haven will receive a City of New Haven Prescription Discount Card by direct mail, which they may use at any participating retail pharmacy.

    Cards can also be printed out immediately by visiting www.CTRxDiscountCard.comand and selecting New Haven from the drop-down menu. The New Haven Prescription Discount Card is currently accepted at 22 pharmacies in New Haven and 646 pharmacies statewide, with more pharmacies expected to sign on.

    For more information on the card, please click here.


    Oct 2-Oct 6. New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema. Various locations. 7-11pm. http://www.nefiac.com/

    Oct. 3. NHSO: Tchaikovsky Triumphant. Woolsey Hall. 7:30pm

    Oct. 3. The Legacy of Napoleon on the Nile. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. 5:30pm. www.peabody.yale.edu

    Oct. 4. The Claudia Quintet Firehouse 12. $12/$18 8:30/10pm. http://firehouse12.com

    Oct. 5. Gargoyles of Yale University: Talk & Tour. 3-5pm. 4pm tour & reception $15pp. register http://tinyurl.com/kx7mz8d

    Oct. 5. Chelsea Lane plays Gliere. Woolsey Hall. 8pm. http://yso.commons.yale.edu/about-us/buy-tickets/

    Oct. 4. Lantern Tour of Evergreen Cemetery. 5:30pm. $10 pp. Pre Registration required. education@newhavenmuseum.org

    Oct. 4. Illuminate On9. Open house events in the Ninth Square. 6-8pm. www.on9newhaven.com

    Oct. 4. LAMP (Light Artists Making Places). Ninth Square. 8pm. www.9artslamp.org.

    Oct. 6. How to hem your own Pants/Skirt/Dress. Neville Wisdom. 11am - 12pm. Registration required info@projectstorefrontsnewhaven.com

    Oct 7-8. Lyric Hall Theater Orchestra Presents "Steamboat Bill Jr.". $10.Tickets 203-209-5369


    Oct. 8. Christopher Arnott presents “Ninth Square Nightmares: Joseph Payne Brennan, the Man Who Made New Haven Scary”. New Haven Museum. 5:30pm. www.newhavenmuseum.org

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