ACCESS HEALTH CT: CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE

Access Health CT (also known as the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange) was created by the Connecticut Legislature in 2011 established to satisfy the requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a federal law that requires most United States citizens and legally documented United States residents to have health insurance.

WHAT IS ACCESS HEALTH CT?

Access Health CT is a new marketplace that offers individuals, families, and small employers a range of qualified, approved health insurance plans from brand-name carriers. Under national health reform, states must have an Exchange (like Access Health CT) in place by January 1, 2014.

Access Health CT now allows consumers to speak with a call center representative by dialing 1-855-805-HEALTH (4325), to receive information on choices about their health care coverage options.  Access Health CT will also coordinate eligibility and enrollment with state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.

For more information on Connecticut’s program, go to www.AccessHealthCT.com.

Additional information:

NOTE:  Extension of pre-existing condition plans - If a state has a federally-run Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan(PCIP), consumers  can extend their coverage through January 31, 2014 -  if they have not already selected a new plan.


Some important dates coming up:

NOTE: 2014 Open Enrollment period is now closed, until November 15, 2014. Connecticut residents can continue to visit with Certified Application Counselors, including CACs at Federally Qualified Health Centers, Hospitals, Health Departments and State Agencies, and other health care providers, who are still providing services, if new applicants enrolling in Medicaid (HUSKY) and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), which is open year round. 

Also, individuals who experience a “Special Enrollment Qualifying Life Event”, which include the following, can enroll:

*    birth
*    adoption
*    death of a member of the household
*    marriage
*    loss of current health coverage
*    or loss or reduction in employer insurance
*    new legal CT resident or United States residency
*    or United States lawful presence


TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:

Search by service name, for Assister's and the Navigator's listed in the 2-1-1 database:
 In Person Assister Programs


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SOURCE: Access Health CT website; Kaiser Family Foundation; U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Families USA Fact Sheets; USA Today
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED/May2014