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Annual Open Enrollment Period For 2021 Ends on January 15

Last Chance for Connecticut Residents to Enroll in Coverage This Week

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 11, 2021) — Access Health CT (AHCT) is reminding Connecticut residents the last day of 2021 Open Enrollment period is this coming Friday, January 15, 2021. This will be the final day to sign-up during the 2021 Annual Open Enrollment period extension, which is in response to the current public health crisis to provide more time for residents to get covered.

If new customers sign up for health insurance plans through Access Health CT from now until January 15, 2021, their coverage will start February 1, 2021.

There are several ways to get free help:

On January 15, the final day of 2021 Annual Open Enrollment, the call center will be open until 8:00 p.m.— if customers call between 8:00 p.m. and midnight, an automated service will collect a phone number and customers will receive a call back to complete their enrollment.

“We urge Connecticut residents who are currently uninsured or have recently lost their health coverage due to unemployment during the pandemic to get covered,” said Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT, James Michel. “If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the importance of our health is paramount.”

Access Health CT Extends 2021 Annual Open Enrollment Period As A Result Of Current Health Crisis

CT residents can shop and enroll in health insurance coverage until January 15, 2021

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 16, 2020)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced an extension for the 2021 Annual Open Enrollment period until January 15, 2021 as a result of the current health crisis, providing more time for CT residents to get covered.

If new customers sign up for health insurance plans through Access Health CT from now until January 15, 2021, their coverage will start February 1, 2021.

In addition, Access Health CT customers who enrolled in a plan for 2021 now have the option to keep it or find a new plan; however if they make a plan change during this extension period, the new plan will have a start date of February 1, 2021 and they must pay the January bill (premium) for the original plan.

“We understand this year has been an extremely difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chief Executive Officer of AHCT, James Michel. “And we also know if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the value of our health. There is plenty to think about when choosing a health insurance plan and we want to make sure our customers are able to pick the best plan for themselves and their families. We hope this extension providing extra time allows Connecticut residents to make sure they picked a quality, health insurance plan that fits their needs and gives them the best value in 2021.”

Access Health CT will continue to offer free enrollment help to all Connecticut residents during the extension:

Access Health CT Joins National “Get Covered 2021” Initiative

Campaign Encourages Residents to Connect with Their State Health Insurance Exchanges

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 9, 2020) —  Access Health CT (AHCT) has joined a new initiative called “Get Covered 2021” — a coalition of states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, and other national organizations that have come together to promote the 2021 open enrollment period in healthcare coverage. Connecticut residents can enroll or renew their health insurance plan with the state’s marketplace until December 15, 2020, for coverage starting on January 1, 2021.

On December 10, Access Health CT will participate in “Get Covered America Day” – to help raise awareness and action for Connecticut residents to obtain health insurance. The goal of GetCovered2021.org on December 10 is to drive enrollment nationwide, bring attention to wearing a mask and to spread the message across social media platforms by encouraging posts of picture or selfie that includes a personal message about why having insurance matters using the hashtags #GetCoveredCT and #GetCovered2021.

“The ‘Get Covered America Day’ brings attention to making our health a top priority during one of the most trying years on record with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “I urge all Connecticut residents who currently do not have health insurance to seek affordable, quality coverage options with our state’s marketplace, Access Health CT.”

“We’re thrilled to join the ‘Get Covered 2021’ national initiative,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that taking care of our health is paramount. And as many have lost their health insurance due to job loss, we want to let Connecticut residents know that through Access Health, CT over 90% of people qualify for financial help, low-cost or free coverage that can give you peace of mind if you get sick or injured.”

About Get Covered 2021

Get Covered 2021 is a national effort to promote COVID-19 safety, health insurance enrollment and health equity for America’s diverse communities. It is a broad coalition of states, consumer and patient groups, and health care providers who have come together to promote coverage now for the 2021 open enrollment period.

Follow the conversation with #GetCoveredCT and #GetCovered2021.

Access Health CT Offering Multiple Ways To Get Free Help

In-Person Locations and Virtual Help is Available During the Open Enrollment Period   

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 12, 2020) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that thousands of CT residents have already engaged with the marketplace in the first few days of the annual Open Enrollment Period that started on November 1 and ends on December 15, 2020 for healthcare coverage beginning on January 1, 2021.

“During the last open enrollment period, Access Health CT welcomed close to five thousand residents at our centers and fairs, and over three thousand enrolled in-person,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Access Health CT will continue to offer free help virtually at enrollment fairs or at our six in-person enrollment locations.”

About In-Person Enrollment Locations:

  1. Bridgeport: 333 State Street
  2. New Britain: 1 Liberty Square
  3. Stamford: 110 Prospect Street
  4. Groton: 541 Eastern Point Road
  5. New Haven: Project Access Navigator, 63 York Street
  6. Hartford: Community Renewal Team Navigator (CRT), 330 Market Street

About Virtual Enrollment Fairs

Access Health CT “Healthy Chats” Continue in November

Free, Virtual Educational Sessions Offered in both English and Spanish    

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 9, 2020) — Throughout November, Access Health CT (AHCT) is continuing to host a series of free virtual educational sessions known as “Healthy Chats” to help residents become familiar with the marketplace, and the available tools to get coverage during the Annual Open Enrollment Period that ends on December 15, 2020, for coverage starting on January 1, 2021.

Healthy Chat sessions held in October reinforced the interest and need for helping Connecticut residents in an ongoing virtual format, with statistics showing:

Access Health CT Healthy Chat Calendar for November

Important: Healthy Chats are free, held virtually via Zoom, and no enrollments will be processed.

Join a Healthy Chat here or at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs

Ways to Get FREE Enrollment Help

*IMPORTANT: All in-person locations and Virtual Enrollment Fairs are by appointment only. To schedule, click here or visit Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs. Locations are subject to change.

Access Health CT Kicks Off The Annual Open Enrollment Period

Open Enrollment period began November 1, 2020 and ends December 15, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 2, 2020)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that the 2021 Annual Open Enrollment period has begun. Connecticut residents can enroll or renew their health insurance plan on the marketplace from November 1 to December 15, 2020, with their coverage starting on January 1, 2021.

Access Health CT is the state’s official health insurance marketplace, where you can shop, compare and enroll in quality healthcare plans; and it is the only place where you can qualify for financial help to lower your costs, or be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan/CHIP).

During the last few months, AHCT has worked to improve and adapt its enrollment channels to help as many residents as possible get the coverage they need; taking all the necessary safety measures to help people enroll in or renew their health insurance plan.

Ways to get FREE help

*IMPORTANT:

All in-person locations and Virtual Enrollment Fairs are by appointment only,  and residents must wear a mask. To schedule, click here or visit Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/FindUs.

Locations are subject to change.

“We would like to remind Connecticut residents that we are here to help, and all assistance to enroll or renew coverage is free,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Many have lost their health insurance due to job loss, and we want to let you know that through Access Health CT over 90% of people qualify for financial help, low-cost or free coverage that can give you peace of mind if you get sick or injured.”

 

ACCESS HEALTH CT VIRTUAL “HEALTHY CHATS” KICK-OFF IN OCTOBER

Free Educational Sessions Offered in both English and Spanish    

HARTFORD, Conn. (September 28, 2020) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced a series of upcoming virtual educational sessions, known as “Healthy Chats.” The purpose of these online events is to help Connecticut residents become familiar with the marketplace, and the available tools to get coverage during the Annual Open Enrollment Period that starts on November 1, 2020. Healthy Chats can help Connecticut residents learn about plan options, financial help, low-cost and free coverage and tips to stay covered.

 

AHCT is Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace, where you can shop, compare and enroll in quality healthcare plans; and it is the only place where you can qualify for financial help to lower your costs, or be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan or CHIP).

Healthy Chats are free and will be held virtually via Zoom (in English & Spanish) on some Wednesdays & Thursdays in October and November. To join, attendees can access the event here.

Or here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-health-ct-open-enrollment-2020-healthy-chats-tickets-118671681193

Access Health CT Healthy Chat Calendar

Note: Healthy Chats are informational-only sessions, and no enrollments will be processed. Additional dates may be added to the Eventbrite calendar and dates are subject to change.

“For the past eight years we’ve welcomed hundreds of residents to our educational sessions,” said AHCT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “Our Healthy Chats will once again give Connecticut residents the opportunity to learn more about who we are and important information about the upcoming Annual Open Enrollment period. We understand health insurance can be difficult to understand, which is why we offer free help.”

After a virtual AHCT Healthy Chat, event attendees should be able to:

AHCT also offers free in-person help at either of its Navigator partner locations:

Access Health CT Announces Partnerships With Two Community Organizations For Navigator Program

Focus is on Statewide Engagement, Education & Enrollment for Communities of Color

HARTFORD, Conn. (September 17, 2020)—Access Health CT (AHCT) announced today two community partnerships that will comprise its 2020-2021 Navigator Program, including: Project Access New Haven, located in New Haven, Conn. and the Community Renewal Team (CRT), based in Hartford, Conn.

The Navigator Program supports Access Health CT’s focus on education, engagement and enrollment efforts that help Connecticut residents use and understand their health insurance plans. Each organization selected is viewed as a trusted, local community voice, sharing a common mission and having a strong connection with target communities in Connecticut with a focus on reducing health disparities.  The Navigator Program allows Access Health CT to deepen its community relationships with the goal of engaging, educating, informing and enrolling individuals in target communities statewide, particularly in the African American/Black and Hispanic communities where enrollment has fluctuated over the last seven years.

AHCT is Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace, where you can shop, compare and enroll in quality healthcare plans; and it is the only place where you can qualify for financial help to lower your costs, or be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan/CHIP).

The two Navigators will support the in-person help (Enrollment Centers) strategy AHCT follows each year. Earlier this month, AHCT conducted a survey to better understand people’s comfort levels with in-person help and access to technology platforms.  Navigator organizations will work to build one-on-one relationships and offer personalized help, and the following data reinforce the need for in-person assistance including:

This is the first year New Haven-based Project Access-New Haven, has been named a Navigator. “Project Access-New Haven (PA-NH) is honored to serve as a Navigator for Access Health CT. By raising awareness of health insurance options available through Access Health CT and providing enrollment assistance to those in need, we hope to expand health insurance coverage in Greater New Haven, increase access to medical care in the communities we serve, and advance health equity,“ said Giselle Carlotta-McDonald, Interim Executive Director of Project Access-New Haven.

For CRT, this is its second time participating in the Navigator Program. “The Community Renewal Team is pleased to partner once again with Access Health CT to provide Navigator services. This year, more than ever, we know how important health insurance is for our community. We look forward to helping each and every individual and family with accessing their health insurance benefits to stay healthy and safe,” stated Heidi Lubetkin, Vice President of Clinical Support Services of Community Renewal Team.

“We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Navigator Program organizations. It’s part of our goal to deepen relationships to engage, educate and enroll individuals in target communities throughout Connecticut, along with addressing health disparities in communities throughout the state, and our Navigators will allow Access Health CT to do just that,” said AHCT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel.

The annual Open Enrollment period for Access Health CT runs from November 1 to December 15, 2020 for coverage that begins on January 1, 2021.  Individuals may only enroll at other times during the year if they are eligible for HUSKY HEALTH (Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or have experienced a qualifying life event to be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period.

About Project Access-New Haven

Project Access-New Haven (PA-NH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to medical care and services for underserved individuals in Greater New Haven. PA-NH achieves this mission by mobilizing a volunteer provider network to expand care for uninsured patients and providing patient navigator (PN) and community health worker (CHW) services to help underserved patients access timely medical care and connect with local resources to address health-related social needs.

About Community Renewal Team

Community Renewal Team, Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency for Middlesex and Hartford counties and is the largest non-profit provider of human services in Connecticut. The agency’s mission is Preparing Our Community to Meet Life’s Challenges. This mission is achieved each day by helping people and families become self-sufficient while making sure basic needs are met. CRT’s programs include Meals on Wheels, school readiness, energy assistance and weatherization, supportive housing and shelters, and many others, serving people in more than 60 cities and towns in both our core catchment area and throughout Connecticut.

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.

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.