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Access Health CT Adding Enrollment Fairs in Hartford and Stamford

Free in-person help signing up for health insurance before December 15, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 30, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the addition of two new health insurance Enrollment Fairs, one at The Lyceum – Conference Center in Hartford, Saturday, December 8, and the other at UConn Stamford Auditorium, Saturday, December 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

FIVE ENROLLMENT FAIRS LEFT BEFORE THE END OF THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD 

Access Health CT’s Enrollment fairs provide free in-person help to enroll or re-enroll, in healthcare coverage for Connecticut residents and their families. Appointments are not necessary, but people can register in advance to be sure to meet with Enrollment Specialists or Brokers. They can also get a discounted ride through Lyft to any fair or enrollment location.

“We want to make sure more residents have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with Certified Enrollment Specialists and Brokers to enroll or re-enroll in healthcare coverage,” explains Andrea Ravitz, Access Health CT Director of Marketing. “We are seeing over one hundred people attending each of our fairs because they are a great way to get free in-person help on Saturdays.”

These new events are being offered in addition to already-scheduled Enrollment Fairs in other locations. During the week, people can get free in-person help at any of the Access Health CT enrollment locations.

New Access Health CT Enrollment Fairs

Saturday, 12/8

The Lyceum – Conference Center
227 Lawrence Street Hartford, CT
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12/15
UConn Stamford – Auditorium
1 University Place Stamford, CT
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Parking: Summer Street Parking Garage

Access Health CT Announces Operational Hours For Thanksgiving Week

Access Health CT Enrollment Centers and Call Center Closed Thursday, November 22

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 20, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced operational changes in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Please note the following changes:

Connecticut residents interested in learning more about free, in-person help available at Access Health CT Enrollment Centers should visit Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/locations.

Access Health CT Expands Outreach Efforts With Lyft Partnership

Connecticut Residents Get 20 Percent Off Rides To and From Open Enrollment Centers and Fairs

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 19, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced a partnership with ride sharing company Lyft. Through the partnership, Lyft drivers will provide a 20 percent discount to Connecticut residents traveling to and from health insurance Enrollment Centers and Fairs. Access Health CT and Lyft are urging residents to visit one of the seven Enrollment Centers to get free help to shop, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage during the Annual Open Enrollment Period that ends December 15, 2018.

“We understand that transportation can be a barrier for people who are looking for in-person help to shop, compare and enroll in health insurance,” said Access Health CT Director of Marketing, Andrea Ravitz. “Our partnership with Lyft is making it easier for Connecticut residents to get to any of our Enrollment Centers or Fairs to sign up for healthcare coverage and get the free help they need.”

Share the code with a Lyft driver to receive the discount going to and from Enrollment Centers and Enrollment Fairs.

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Access Health CT Announces The Start of 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment through Access Health CT is November 1 to December 15, 2018
HARTFORD, Conn. (November 1, 2018)— The Lt. Governor and the Chair of the Access Health CT Board of Directors, Nancy Wyman, and the Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT (AHCT), James Michel, today announced that the 2019 Open Enrollment period has begun. Connecticut residents can buy or renew health insurance plans on the exchange from November 1 to December 15, 2018, with their coverage starting on January 1, 2019.

“The most important message for Connecticut residents is that we are here to help—and it’s key to start the process as early as you can,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “We are making it easier for customers to shop and compare plans that take into account their doctors, prescription drugs, and medical needs by going to our site and clicking on the Compare Plans link.

Access Health CT customers with a 2018 plan have been notified if they are eligible to be auto-enrolled into a new plan for 2019. Changes to plans for 2019 could mean changes to monthly payments, deductibles and other areas relating to the plans, which is why it is so important to shop and compare plans this year before enrolling.

“Starting today, Access Health CT will be offering free in-person help around the state with seven enrollment centers and six fairs throughout Connecticut. In addition, there are hundreds of brokers who can help residents by recommending a plan,” said Lt. Governor Wyman. “And as a reminder, financial help is still available and only through AHCT.”

Learn more, shop, compare and enroll on the Access Health CT website at www.accesshealthct.com and click on Compare Plans.

Access Health CT Announces In-Person Help for 2019 Open Enrollment

Connecticut residents can get free help signing up for healthcare coverage

HARTFORD, Conn. (October 30, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced state residents who are looking to enroll, re-enroll or have questions about their healthcare coverage can talk to certified brokers, enrollment specialists and Access Health CT staff at several locations during weekdays and Saturdays beginning November 1, 2018.

“We are here to help,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “If you need help enrolling or re-enrolling for health insurance, we have many people who will help you. All help is free and we have many locations where you can find in person help near you. Bring your questions, and we will help you find the answers.”

Enrollment Center locations are open on weekdays. Enrollment Fairs take place on Saturdays (snow day on Sunday).

“You do not need an appointment for weekday Enrollment Centers or Saturday Enrollment Fairs, but you can register for a Saturday Enrollment Fair ahead of time to make sure you get the help you need,” said Access Health CT Director of Marketing, Andrea Ravitz. To register for an Enrollment Fair visit learn.accesshealthct.com/locations for more information.

The following “Enrollment Centers” are places where people can find free help during weekdays starting November 1, 2018:

Danbury, CFIC Greater Danbury Community Health Center
120 Main Street (first floor)
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m.

East Hartford, Raymond Library
840 Main Street (lower level, side entrance)
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Groton, Groton Senior Center
102 Newtown Road
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New Britain, Trinity-on-Main
69 Main Street
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New Haven
2 Howe Street (around the corner from main entrance)
Monday-Friday 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Stamford, Ferguson Main Library
One Public Library Plaza (second floor)
Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

West Hartford, Noah Webster Library
20 South Main Street
Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Note: These locations are closed Saturdays & Sundays

The following “Enrollment Fairs” are places where people can find help on Saturdays starting November 3, 2018 (with snow day on Sunday):

Fairfield, Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fairfield University, Faber Dining Commons
42 Bellarmine Road

Manchester, Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Manchester Memorial Hospital
71 Haynes Street

New London, Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
OIC of New London
106 Truman Street

Bridgeport, Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center
2800 Main Street

Waterbury, Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Waterbury Hospital
64 Robbins Street

Milford, Saturday December 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Jonathan Law High School
20 Lansdale Avenue

Access Health CT Renewal Notices Will Be In Mailboxes In A Yellow Envelope

Customers are encouraged to look for it October 24-27

HARTFORD, Conn. (October 18, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) made the announcement today that customers will receive their annual renewal notice between October 24 and 27, 2018. Access Health CT notes it is especially important for people to review this notice carefully to make sure they understand what their next steps are to stay covered with the best option for 2019.

Access Health CT advises consumers to watch for the annual renewal notice, which will come in a YELLOW envelope next week. The agency explains that the numerous plan changes made this year will make it even more important for people to read the notice, and shop and compare plans starting on November 1.

Access Health CT Renewal Notices Will Be In Mailboxes In A Yellow Envelope

“We want people to know that they have options, and some plans may be a better fit for different needs and budgets,” explains Access Health CT CEO James Michel. “This year, more than ever, it pays to shop and compare – you may find cost savings or lower monthly payments with a different plan.” Access Health CT also explains that consumers should keep in mind how much they use medical services and prescriptions, and the doctors they want included in their plan network. “It’s not just about the monthly payment or premium.” Michel continues. “The out-of-pocket costs are part of the total picture.”

People who receive a notice saying they are eligible to be automatically enrolled for 2019 still have choices and can pick a different plan, notes Access Health CT Director of Marketing, Andrea Ravitz. “Customers could pay more in 2019 for a couple of reasons. In 2018, they may have chosen a plan that was the lowest one in a metal tier -Bronze, Silver or Gold. In 2019, this plan may no longer be the lowest cost plan in this tier, and as a result, the monthly payment could be higher. Or, if they had changes in their family, where they live, their age or income.”

People could also get a notice saying they are not eligible to be automatically enrolled, in which case they need to take action and pick a plan during open enrollment, between November 1 and December 15 in order to have coverage for 2019.

“Whether you are enrolling for the first time, or looking to re-enroll in healthcare coverage, we are here to help. Come November 1, visit us online and click on the Compare Plans tab and look at your options,” explains Michel.

 

Access Health CT Announces New Look On Website With Enhancements To Plan Comparison And Shopping Tool

Connecticut residents encouraged to shop and compare plans when buying or renewing insurance

HARTFORD, Conn. (October 15, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced a new look and feel to its website, and enhancements to its health plan comparison and shopping tool. This new tool is available on the Access Health CT website, www.accesshealthct.com, and will help customers shop for plans during the 2019 annual open enrollment period that begins November 1 and ends December 15, 2018.

“Connecticut residents can visit our new website and click on the ‘Compare Plans’ link on the homepage to look at all their options for buying or renewing insurance plans for 2019,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “Beginning November 1, customers will also be able to buy new plans or change plans for 2019.”

In 2018, customers may have chosen a plan that was the lowest cost plan at a certain plan level at the time. That plan may no longer be the lowest cost plan at a certain plan level. Other life changes such as the members of a family, where people live and changes to income, might change the monthly cost of a plan. “Every year, healthcare coverage needs can change, for example the doctors you visit or the prescription drugs you take. That’s why the best way to make sure people find a 2019 plan that works for them is to shop and compare plans,” said Michel.

New customers and current customers have the opportunity to shop, compare plans and make changes during the open enrollment period starting November 1 and ending December 15, 2018.

“Even if you are automatically enrolled for a 2019 plan, you can still make changes during open enrollment,” said Access Health CT Director of Marketing, Andrea Ravitz. “When you receive a yellow envelope in the mail, this is your renewal notice that tells you the plan you will be enrolled in for 2019 if no action is taken, as well as your new monthly payment. Use our new compare tool to help you shop for a plan that best fits your needs.”

Access Health CT Announces New Look On Website With Enhancements To Plan Comparison And Shopping Tool

Access Health CT To Host ‘Healthy Chat’ Educational Events Throughout The State

Community-based discussions to prepare people for 2019 open enrollment period

HARTFORD, Conn. (October 1, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced a series of upcoming community-based educational discussions, known as “Healthy Chats.” A total of 11 events are planned, all to take place prior to Access Health CT open enrollment that begins November 1 and ends December 15, 2018. The purpose of these discussions is to help Connecticut residents become informed about the best ways to get, keep and use health insurance coverage.

“At Access Health CT our main goal is to reduce the uninsured rate in Connecticut,” said Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “We do this by helping Connecticut residents understand their options for healthcare coverage and connecting them with plans that meet their unique needs. The Healthy Chat events help us meet people on a community level, enabling them to be more informed as we head into open enrollment.”

Access Health CT Director of Marketing, Andrea Ravitz, elaborates on the benefits of community-based discussions. She said, “Connecticut residents have an important decision to make every year about their healthcare coverage. By connecting with people in their communities, we create an opportunity for smaller discussions that make this important insurance decision more approachable.”

Participants are encouraged to register online, ahead of the sessions, but can register upon arrival. Access Health CT has also arranged for a discount with the ride sharing service, Lyft. To reserve a spot for the event and/or obtain the discount code for Lyft transportation, visit learn.accesshealthct.com/locations.

Each Healthy Chat event will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., with registration and refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. Each event will include guest speakers and time for questions and answers. The dates and locations for each Healthy Chat are as follows:

• Milford, Tuesday, October 2, Milford Hospital, second floor
• New Britain, Wednesday, October 3, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Institute of Technology & Business Development, Room 3130000
• Stamford, Thursday, October 4, Government Center cafeteria
• New London, Tuesday, October 9, Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of New London
• Torrington, Wednesday, October 10, Torrington at the Community Health & Wellness Center (CHWC) of Greater Torrington
• Middletown, Thursday, October 11, Community Health Center (CHC) Inc.
• Willimantic, Tuesday, October 23, Generations Health Center
• Tolland, Wednesday, October 24, Tolland High School cafeteria
• New Haven, Thursday, October 25, Ives Library
• West Hartford, Monday, October 29, Noah Webster Library
• Danbury, Tuesday, October 30, Rogers Park Middle School

About Access Health CT
Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace established in 2011, supports health reform efforts at the state and national level. AHCT provides Connecticut residents with resources for better health, and an enhanced and more coordinated healthcare experience, which results in healthier people, healthier communities and a healthier Connecticut. AHCT’s mission is to increase the number of insured residents in Connecticut, promote health, lower costs, and eliminate health disparities. Connecticut residents and small business owners can compare and enroll in healthcare coverage and apply for tax credits for individuals through AHCT. AHCT (or the Marketplace) also partners with the Dept. of Social Services for eligibility and enrollment with state Medicaid Insurance and Children’s Health Insurance Programs. For more information, please visit www.AccessHealthCT.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AccessHealthCT and follow us on Twitter @AccessHealthCT.
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Access Health CT To Participate In Fairfield County’s Pride In The Park On June 9

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Access Health CT (AHCT) will take part in Pride in the Park at Mathews Park in Norwalk, CT. Pride in the Park is Fairfield County’s LGBTQ festival, which is a free, open to all event that brings together internationally-known entertainers and local performers. AHCT is proud to participate in this family-friendly event.

“The LGBTQ community is and continues to be an important audience, as we know the health barriers some face when it comes to finding the care that is right for them,” said AHCT Director of Marketing Andrea Ravitz. Over the summer months, AHCT will be participating in Pride festivals all around the state, and we’re thrilled to kick off with Fairfield County’s event this Saturday,” said Ravitz. “We are committed to raising awareness about the benefits of healthcare coverage, which is why events like these are so important – we are able to have one-on-one conversations and educate residents on how to stay healthy and make the most of their coverage.”

“We’re really excited to have our partners Access Health CT here again with us this year providing affordable insurance options to help you get the healthcare you need,” said Anthony Crisci, Executive Director of Triangle Community Center. “Pride in the Park is actually our biggest outreach event of the year to help people like you get connected to the resources that you need to live a better life in Connecticut.”

AHCT is one of many Connecticut-based organizations supporting Pride in the Park. AHCT representatives will be present to speak with the public and answer questions. In addition to educating customers on preventive health and the benefits of healthcare coverage, AHCT will be collecting information so residents can get updates to help them lead healthy lifestyles.

Since Triangle Community Center (TCC) first organized this event in 2014, Pride in the Park has welcomed over 3,000 guests to enjoy all that this celebration has to offer, including crafts and food from local vendors, entertainment and family activities. This event offers something for everyone – kids can enjoy activities including face painting and hula hooping, and there is a 21+ VIP area. Pride in the Park will be held rain or shine. More information can be found on Pride in the Park’s website.

Access Health CT To Participate In Fairfield County’s Pride In The Park On June 9

“We are pleased to partner with TCC, whose mission is to provide programming and resources to build connections within Fairfield County’s LGBTQ community,” Ravitz continued. “Like TCC, we believe that providing education and access is the key to keeping our state healthy. We are here to help and want to make sure every resident has access to quality healthcare coverage to meet their needs.”

Event information:
Name: Pride in the Park
Time: 12 PM to 8 PM
Date: Saturday, June 9
Location: Mathews Park (295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT). Click here for directions to Mathews Park.

Access Health CT to Sponsor WFSB’s Skin Cancer Event on June 6

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 3, 2018) – This Wednesday, June 6, Access Health CT (AHCT), will sponsor WFSB’s “ABC’s of Skin Cancer” event at Westfarms Mall, outside Nordstrom Wing on the first floor in West Hartford. This free event is part of Access Health CT’s commitment to raise awareness about the benefits of healthcare coverage and educating residents on the importance of preventive care.

“We’re encouraging people to stop by and ask questions during this free event at Westfarms Mall,” said AHCT Director of Marketing Andrea Ravitz. “We are committed to creating a healthier Connecticut, which is why Access Health CT supports community events right in your area. We are here to help!”

Access Health CT representatives will join doctors from Hartford Hospital who will conduct skin cancer screenings and explain the important information people need to know about the disease. In addition to educating customers on preventive health and the benefits of healthcare coverage, Access Health CT will be collecting information from residents so they can get updates to help them live healthy lifestyles.
“Together with WFSB, we’re excited to bring this second annual event to the community just in time for summer,” said Andrea Ravitz.

“Last year, hundreds of kids and adults joined us at Westfarms, and we expect another great turnout. These are important events as they allow us to have one-on-one conversations to help people understand their plan’s benefits and how to keep their family healthy year round.”

Event information:
Name: The ABC’s of Skin Cancer event
Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Date: Wednesday, June 6
Location: Westfarms Mall, 1500 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110 (outside Nordstrom Wing on the first floor) Click here for directions to Westfarms Mall.

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