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Time Is Running Out – Deadlines Approaching For Residents That Lost Health Insurance Due To Job Loss To Qualify For Coverage Through Access Health CT

More than 37,000 Connecticut residents enrolled during COVID-19 Crisis

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 1, 2020) — Workers who lose health insurance as a result of job loss may not know they have options, but Access Health CT (AHCT) is helping people find the best coverage for themselves and their families. Losing insurance either from a furlough or a layoff is considered a ‘Qualifying Life Event,’ triggering a Special Enrollment Period for that individual and possibly their household. However, those who lost their insurance over the last two months may need to act quickly.

“We have increased our efforts in the community to help residents know they may qualify for a Special Enrollment if they lose their coverage because of job loss,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “People can enroll any time within 60 days of losing their job. But for those who lost their health insurance in early April, the deadline to enroll is approaching fast.”

To help residents maintain quality and affordable healthcare coverage, Access Health CT recommends comparing options on AccessHealthCT.com to COBRA coverage, as the marketplace may offer a better, less expensive choice, and is the only place where people can qualify for financial help to lower their costs.

Access Health CT is working closely with the Department of Labor and other entities to reach out to businesses that are in the process of reducing their work force. Access Health CT has an educational website that offers information and videos that describe in detail how to shop and enroll.

Michel continues, “Access Health CT is helping people find the right health insurance coverage at a stressful time when they lose their jobs. Many people have never shopped for health insurance before and we don’t want them to miss out on the opportunity to select a better plan because they didn’t know about these options.”

In addition, Access Health CT has been offering educational webinars with important information about the marketplace, its health insurance plans and financial help. Please contact us at  outreach@accesshealthct.com if you are interested in setting up a webinar.

New Special Enrollment Period For Uninsured Ends Friday, April 17

Important information about the documents needed to enroll

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 15, 2020)—The Access Health CT (AHCT) New Special Enrollment Period for Connecticut’s uninsured population ends this Friday, April 17, 2020. Uninsured individuals can sign up for health insurance coverage through Access Health CT during this time. The effective date for coverage for enrollments during the New Special Enrollment Period completed after Thursday, April 2 will be May 1, 2020. The only way to sign up for this New Special Enrollment Period is by calling 855-365-2428.

In the last month, 1,920 previously uninsured residents have enrolled in health insurance plans through the New Special Enrollment Period.

“We are experiencing a public health crisis,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “In addition to social distancing and staying home, making sure that you are covered with a quality health insurance plan is a great way to help you and your family stay healthy. If you are uninsured, make sure to call before midnight on Friday.”

Information you need to enroll:

New Special Enrollment Period For Uninsured Ends Friday, April 17

IMPORTANT: Individuals who experience a Qualifying Life Event, e.g. losing coverage due to job change, moving to Connecticut, getting married, having/adopting a child, etc. OR qualify for Medicaid/Children’s Health Program (CHIP), can always enroll online, in-person or over the phone and all help is free. More information here.

Access Health CT encourages everyone to maintain coverage during the public health emergency and beyond. Connecticut residents whose income has been impacted by COVID-19 should adjust their estimated 2020 income here, as they may be eligible for additional financial help to pay for monthly costs.

Access Health CT Extends New Special Enrollment Period For The Uninsured

The new deadline for uninsured Connecticut residents to enroll in health insurance plans through Access Health CT is extended until Friday, April 17, 2020. 

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 2, 2020)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the deadline for the New Special Enrollment Period for uninsured Connecticut residents to enroll in health insurance plans through AHCT is extended to Friday, April 17, 2020. Connecticut residents must be lawfully present in the United States, and not incarcerated to be eligible. The effective date of coverage for anyone who enrolls during this extension period will be May 1, 2020. Anyone who enrolls before the end of the day Thursday, April 2, 2020 will have a coverage effective date of April 1, 2020.

The only way to sign up for this New Special Enrollment Period is by calling 1-855-365-2428. Individuals who experience a Qualifying Life Event (e.g. loss of coverage due to job change or unemployment) or qualify for Medicaid/Children’s Health Program (CHIP), can ALWAYS enroll online, in-person or over the phone and all help is free.

“Over the last two weeks, nearly 1,400 residents have been able to enroll in affordable, high-quality health insurance plans thanks to a new special enrollment period offered by Access Health CT,” Governor Lamont said. “I applaud Access Health, the health insurance carriers, and the Connecticut Insurance Department for working together to extend that enrollment period so additional residents can sign up for health insurance. No Connecticut resident should have to worry that COVID-19 or another health complication will compromise their financial security.”

“We know there are still many Connecticut residents who need our assistance. I am deeply appreciative of the efforts by the Governor, carriers, Connecticut Insurance Department, and others to make sure more people have access to health insurance during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “We are here to help and are extending the New Special Enrollment Period to accommodate the needs of Connecticut residents.”

“Every resident who needs comprehensive health insurance should be able to get it,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew N. Mais. “The extended Special Enrollment period will allow anyone looking to enroll in a health plan the opportunity to find quality coverage and avoid costly medical bills.”

“We applaud Access Health CT for extending this special open enrollment period,” said Eric Galvin, President of ConnectiCare. “Just as Access Health CT, we’re doing everything we can to support our members through this pandemic including extending the grace period for premium payment, expanding telehealth services, and calling our most at-risk members to help them stay safe.”

“This is still an evolving situation here in Connecticut and we are continuing to partner with state officials to help protect the public’s health, promote expanded access to care and provide peace of mind for Connecticut residents,” said Jill Hummel, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut.

Access Health CT also reminds customers to update their income as they, or members of their household, may be able to:

Note: Be sure to report all changes to household income and size to Access Health CT within 30 days.

  New Special Enrollment Period
Who’s Eligible? ONLY qualified individuals who are Uninsured, lawfully present and not incarcerated.
When can I enroll? Now through April 17, 2020.
When will my coverage start? The effective date of coverage for enrollments from April 3-17 during the NEW Special Enrollment Period will be May 1, 2020.
How can I enroll? PHONE ONLY:

1-855-365-2428 (TTY: 1-855-789-2428)

8AM – 5PM   |   Monday – Friday

Other information about this New Special Enrollment Period is available at: Learn.AccessHealthCT.com

Access Health CT reminds residents of the importance of maintaining their coverage throughout the year, and not just during this public health crisis. It is critical that uninsured individuals take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves financially and ensure they have access to necessary services.

 

Access Health CT Call Center Experiencing High Call Volumes

Online services available for the recently unemployed and customers that need to verify information or have questions about IRS 1095 tax forms

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 1, 2020)—The Access Health CT (AHCT) call center is experiencing high call volumes. People who are uninsured and need to enroll in health insurance before the New, Special Enrollment Period deadline must call.

However, people calling for other reasons like enrolling because they recently lost health insurance due to job loss, they need to verify information or have questions about the IRS 1095 tax forms, please visit AccessHealthCT.com for faster service.

“This is a challenging time for Connecticut residents,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel, and we are here to help. The call center is the only way for people who are uninsured to enroll in health insurance coverage through Access Health CT. If you recently lost your health insurance coverage because you lost your job you can enroll online, and you will likely be able to enroll much faster.”

Access Health CT also reminds customers to update their income as they, or members of their household, may be able to:

Access Health CT Call Center Experiencing High Call Volumes

Note: Be sure to report all changes to household income and size to Access Health CT within 30 days.

Details about the New Special Enrollment Period:

New Special Enrollment Period
Who is Eligible? ONLY qualified individuals who are Uninsured, lawfully present and not incarcerated.
When can I enroll? Through April 2, 2020.
When will my coverage start? The effective date of coverage for all enrollments during the New Special Enrollment Period
will be April 1, 2020.
How can I enroll? PHONE ONLY:

855-805-4325 (TTY: 1- 855-365-2428)

8AM – 5PM   |   Monday – Friday

 

The Exchange Raises Awareness Around Differences In Health Insurance Through COBRA And Access Health CT

Access Health CT is the only way to get financial help to pay for health insurance, which may be a better, less expensive choice than COBRA

• CT residents who experience a Qualifying Life Event, like losing coverage due to job change/loss, can enroll in health insurance coverage with Access Health CT through a Special Enrollment Period at any time during the year—this is different than the New Special Enrollment Period targeting the uninsured, which ends Thursday, April 2, 2020.
• If an individual loses their job, they may have a couple of healthcare options—including COBRA continuation coverage. Make sure to check with Access Health CT before choosing COBRA coverage as people may find a better, less expensive choice for them and their family because Access Health CT is the only place where people can get financial help to pay for their health insurance.
• Customers must update their household size and income if there are changes during the year, as their financial help could change, or they may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP/HUSKY Health coverage.

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 27, 2020)Access Health CT (AHCT) is raising awareness for the recently unemployed about Special Enrollment Periods that allow Connecticut residents to enroll in health insurance coverage outside of the annual Open Enrollment Period (Nov. 1 – Dec. 15). Connecticut residents who experience a “Qualifying Life Event,” including loss of health insurance due to job loss, can enroll in health insurance coverage through Access Health CT and it may be a better, less expensive choice than COBRA.

“This is a really hard time for a lot of our friends, family, neighbors and community members, but we want you to know we are here to help. If you lost your health insurance coverage because you lost your job, you can enroll in a plan through Access Health CT,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “Losing your coverage when losing your job is called a ‘Qualifying Life Event,’ and that means you have 60 days from the date of loss of your health insurance to enroll.”

There are other Qualifying Life Events, too. Any Connecticut resident experiencing a Qualifying Life Event has 60 days from the date of the event to enroll in health insurance coverage through Access Health CT. Qualifying Life Events include loss of health insurance due to job loss or change, aging off parental health insurance plans, moving to Connecticut, getting married, having a child, adopting a child, fostering a child and more. For more information about Qualifying Life Events and Special Enrollment Periods through Access Health CT, visit Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/Special.

Access Health CT vs. COBRA coverage
Health insurance plans through Access Health CT are different than the coverage offered under COBRA. COBRA is a federal law that may allow people that are recently unemployed to temporarily keep their health insurance plan offered through their former employer.
“If you choose COBRA continuation coverage, you may have to pay 100 percent of the monthly payments called premiums,” said Michel, “including the amount that your employer used to pay as well as administrative fees. Access Health CT is the only way to get help to pay for your health insurance. That’s why it’s important that you contact us before choosing COBRA. We may offer a better, less expensive choice for you and your family.”

Updating Household Size and Income:
Access Health CT reminds customers to update their income as they or members of their household may be able to:
• Increase the financial help they qualify for or become eligible for increased cost sharing reductions to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance amounts.
• Change to a different insurance plan in a different metal tier, that may allow them to qualify for cost sharing reductions that help pay for out of pocket expenses like deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance amounts.
• Become eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)/HUSKY Health.

The Exchange Raises Awareness Around Differences In Health Insurance Through COBRA And Access Health CT
Note: Be sure to report all changes to household income and size to Access Health CT within 30 days.

Access Health CT Urges Uninsured CT Residents To Take Action During Two-Week New Special Enrollment Period

New Special Enrollment Period starts today and ends Thursday, April 2

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 19, 2020)— In response to the growing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Access Health CT (AHCT) today reminded CT residents of a limited-time New Special Enrollment Period for qualified individuals who are currently without health insurance. This New Special Enrollment Period (SEP) running through April 2, 2020, will allow uninsured individuals two weeks to enroll in health insurance coverage through Access Health CT.

“The New Special Enrollment Period is only available for two weeks,” said Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT, James Michel. “If you are uninsured, or you know someone who is uninsured, please call us. We can help you get a health insurance plan that is right for you and your family.”

Connecticut residents must be uninsured, lawfully present in the United States and not incarcerated. The coverage for those who enroll during this New Special Enrollment Period will start on April 1, 2020. The only way to sign up is by phone: 855-805-4325 (TTY: 1- 855-365-2428). The call center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers are advised to take action as soon as possible as wait times may be long to accommodate high call volumes.

Other information about this New Special Enrollment Period is available at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com.

Access Health CT reminds residents of the importance of maintaining their coverage throughout the year, and not just during this public health crisis. It is critical that uninsured individuals take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves financially and ensure they have access to necessary services.

Access Health CT Announces A New Special Enrollment Period For Uninsured Connecticut Residents

AS COVID-19 THREATENS PUBLIC HEALTH, ACCESS HEALTH CT ANNOUNCES
A NEW SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR UNINSURED CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS

New Special Enrollment Period starts Thursday, March 19 and ends Thursday, April 2

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 18, 2020)—With the exceptional circumstances due to the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that a NEW Special Enrollment Period will be available to uninsured Connecticut residents to sign up for a health insurance plan offered by either of AHCT’s two insurance carriers. There are other carriers who do not participate in the exchange who are working to provide reinsurance to make this special enrollment period possible.

The New Special Enrollment Period starts Thursday, March 19 and ends on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Connecticut residents must be lawfully present in the United States, and not incarcerated to be eligible. The coverage for those who enroll during this New Special Enrollment Period will start on April 1, 2020.

“No Connecticut resident should worry that testing or treatment will compromise their financial security. I thank each of Connecticut’s health insurance carriers on the exchange, Anthem and ConnectiCare, and Access Health CT CEO James Michel for working with our administration to again offer health insurance to the uninsured during this new Special Enrollment Period,” Governor Lamont said. “I thank Commissioner Mais and his team at the Insurance Department for their leadership working with our partners in the health insurance industry to assure that we are doing everything we can to provide access to health insurance coverage.”

“We are experiencing a moment in history that requires flexibility and innovative ways to access healthcare,” said Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT, James Michel. “Since inception, Access Health CT offers year-round enrollment opportunities through Special Enrollments to individuals who experience a Qualifying Life Event, like loss of coverage due to job change. By implementing this new Special Enrollment, we are focusing on the uninsured so they can get covered and stay healthy.”

“The goal is to slow the spread of the virus and reduce its cost to all Connecticut residents. That means everyone who needs it should get access to covered services and be tested and treated if necessary,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew N. Mais. “Insurance will help make that possible. It will also help those who need treatment avoid burdensome medical bills.”

“ConnectiCare continues to step up to serve the people of Connecticut,” said Eric Galvin, President of ConnectiCare. “This is an opportunity for Connecticut to lead the nation by bringing the entire health ecosystem together to focus on what’s best for our people.”

“As our communities continue to implement measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and care for those impacted, we remain committed to providing greater access to care for more people in Connecticut. It is very important that those who are uninsured take advantage of this special enrollment period. Having health coverage will be important for those seeking treatment for this virus,” said Jill Hummel, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut. “We will continue to be a partner with the state and public officials as we work together to protect public health and provide both access to care and peace of mind for Connecticut residents.”

New Special Enrollment Period

Who’s Eligible? ONLY qualified individuals who are Uninsured, lawfully present and not incarcerated.
When can I enroll? From March 19, 2020 through April 2, 2020.
When will my coverage start? The effective date of coverage for all enrollments during the
NEW Special Enrollment Period will be April 1, 2020.
How can I enroll? PHONE ONLY: 1-855-365-2428 (TTY: 1-855-789-2428)
8AM – 5PM   |   Monday – Friday

 

Other information about this New Special Enrollment Period is available at: Learn.AccessHealthCT.com.

Access Health CT reminds residents of the importance of maintaining their coverage throughout the year, and not just during this public health crisis. It is critical that uninsured individuals take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves financially and ensure they have access to necessary services.

Access Health CT Named As A Finalist For Hartford Business Journal ‘Best Places To Work’ Award Program

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 2 , 2020)— Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the organization was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. This annual program was created by the Hartford Business Journal and Best Companies Group.

“At Access Health CT, we take great pride in creating a company culture that provides our employees an environment where they can grow and learn, while contributing to our overall mission in a meaningful way,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “This award is recognition for all the hard work of each and every member of our team.”

The Best Places to Work survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Connecticut, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is comprised of 41 companies split into two categories: small- to medium-sized companies (15-199 employees) and large-sized companies (200 or more employees). Access Health CT pleased to share that the organization ranked 26 in the top companies to work for on the list of small- to medium-sized companies in Connecticut.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill various requirements, such as: being a for-profit or non-profit business or government entity; be a publicly or privately held business; have at least 15 employees in Connecticut; and be in business for a minimum of one year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The first part consisted of evaluating each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Connecticut, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.

The ranked companies were recognized at a special awards ceremony on February 27 and the actual rankings will be published on March 9 in the Hartford Business Journal.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Connecticut program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkCT.com.

 Access Health CT Small Business Announces 2019 Enrollment Growth

Double-digit enrollment growth results, increased broker engagement, and big jump in stand-alone dental coverage

HARTFORD, Connecticut—February 27, 2020—Access Health CT (AHCT) Small Business reports a 2019 growth rate in excess of 20 percent. Broker engagements within the small group community contributed to driving these results (89 percent of plans selected were chosen with the help of a broker). Of the 89 percent, 10 percent were completed with new broker relationships. In addition, AHCT has seen their Stand-Alone Dental Plan membership nearly double compared to last year.

“This has been a pivotal year for Access Health CT Small Business,” said Small Business and Product Development Director, John Carbone, “and we will carry this momentum with us as we grow. We will continue to optimize our business plan, increase our outreach and presence within the communities we serve, and communicate opportunities that make coverage possible for Connecticut’s workforce.”

This success comes the same year Access Health CT Small Business made several strategic shifts within the business unit, including the appointment of Small Business and Product Development Director, John Carbone, the development of a new business plan to drive growth, a targeted marketing and communications effort, and the addition of new support staff to assist brokers and small business owners in communities around the state.

It is important for small business owners and brokers to be aware of the benefits offered by Access Health CT Small Business, which include having among the lowest cost group health plans in the marketplace, flexibility to start coverage any month, a variety of plan options with different insurance carriers, a choice of health and dental plans, and prescription drug coverage included in all plans.

“At Access Health CT, our overarching mission is to reduce the rate of the uninsured,” said James Michel, Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT. “It guides everything we do. John and his team are helping us to achieve our mission, one small business at a time and often one employee at a time.”

A Small Number Of Access Health CT Consumers Will Receive Mail This Week About Their Personal Information And Should Review Carefully

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 28, 2020)—Approximately 1,100 Access Health CT consumers will be receiving an ORANGE ENVELOPE in the mail this week. It is important that consumers review this information carefully as they will need to take action to enroll in free services being offered to help protect their personal information that may have been compromised in a data breach.

“Access Health CT takes the privacy and security of consumers’ personal information seriously, and it is making this public notice in an abundance of caution,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “We apologize for any inconvenience to consumers and we remain steadfast in our commitment to keep our consumers’ best interests as our number one priority.”

In addition to the mailing, and to help ensure affected consumers do not disregard any mailing, Access Health CT will be contacting these consumers in a multi-layer outreach effort including phone calls and emails to alert consumers to look for the orange envelopes in the mail.

Following the identification of the data breach, Access Health CT worked with third-party experts to assess risk and help with proactive steps the agency can take to mitigate this from happening again. Several efforts to improve security are already in place, with longer-term initiatives planned regarding system changes and more frequent Information Technology (IT) security training to improve data protection and security awareness.
Consumers can call Access Health CT at 855-805-4325 if they have questions.