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Access Health CT Open Enrollment Deadline is January 15, 2022

Connecticut residents in need of quality, affordable health insurance can enroll by the deadline with coverage starting February 1, 2022

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 6, 2022) — Access Health CT urges Connecticut residents to shop, compare and enroll in health insurance before the end of Open Enrollment on midnight, January 15. Current Access Health CT customers who want to renew coverage or change their health insurance plan also have until the January 15 deadline – and they must report any financial income and household information changes at this time.

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower health insurance costs. Some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the Covered Connecticut Program.

“Now is the time to enroll in health insurance through Access Health CT – and thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law last year, many Connecticut residents are seeing more savings than ever before. Those who did not qualify in the past may now be eligible for significant financial help,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “We are here to help, and all help is free.”

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “live chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real time. Live chat is available Monday – Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., Saturday January 8 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturday January 15 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

For free in-person help, residents may work with a certified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit AccessHealthCT.com and click the Get Help page.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s enrollment locations or either of the Navigator partner locations.

There are two enrollment fairs scheduled in January. Both will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following locations: 

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 15 from 9:00 a.m. to midnight. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator.

Connecticut Residents Have More Time To Enroll In A Health Insurance Plan Through Access Health CT With Coverage Starting January 1, 2022

Enroll between December 16 and December 31, 2021 and choose between coverage that starts January 1, 2022 or February 1, 2022

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 14, 2021) — Access Health CT today announced Connecticut residents have more time to shop, compare and enroll in a quality health insurance plan with coverage starting January 1, 2022. The deadline to enroll for coverage starting January 1, 2022 has been extended from December 15 to December 31, 2021. 

Customers who enroll between December 16 and December 31, 2021 will have the option to choose whether their coverage will start on January 1, 2022 or February 1, 2022. Customers who enroll between January 1, 2022 and January 15, 2022 will have coverage beginning February 1, 2022.

“We are grateful to work with our carrier partners to give Connecticut residents more time to enroll in a quality health insurance plan with coverage for the whole year,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Gaps in health insurance coverage can be costly and given that we have yet to emerge from the pandemic, access to quality, affordable health insurance has never been more important. We do, however, ask that customers exercise patience as their insurance company will need some time to get insurance ID cards out in the mail.”

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower costs, and some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through the HUSKY Health Program (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the Covered Connecticut Program.

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll in-person, online or by phone.

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “live chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real time. Live chat is available Monday – Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., and select Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

For free in-person help, residents may work with a certified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit the Get Help webpage.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s enrollment locations or either of the Navigator partner locations.

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 15, the call center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to midnight. On Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 31, the call center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator.

Access Health CT To Host January Enrollment Fairs With Free, In-Person Help in Hamden & Torrington

Connecticut residents can work one-on-one with enrollment specialists to help them shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance  

HARTFORD, Conn. (Dec. 13, 2021) — Access Health CT(AHCT) today announced it will host two enrollment fairs in January to help Connecticut residents get free, in-person help to shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans. Enrollment fairs are one-day events in addition to Access Health CT’s five other enrollment locations and Navigator partner locations where Connecticut residents can find free, in-person help until Open Enrollment ends Jan. 15, 2022. 

Both in-person enrollment fairs will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following locations: 

Locations will welcome customers by appointment, with limited walk-in availability and strict safety protocols in place (mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, temperature checks, social distancing and a standard health questionnaire). Dates and times are subject to change. Each event has online registration. Secure an appointment in advance by registering online, as walk-in appointments will be based on availability. To book an appointment, go to AccessHealthCT.com and select “Get Help,” and then choose the event and register by completing the form.  

“We strive to make it as easy as possible to enroll in a quality, affordable health insurance plan,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Our enrollment specialists are on hand to offer free, expert help to Connecticut residents at all of our in-person enrollment fairs and enrollment locations.” 

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower health insurance costs. Some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the new Covered Connecticut Program. 

The 2022 annual Open Enrollment period began Nov. 1, and Connecticut residents can enroll or renew their health insurance plan until Jan. 15, 2022.  

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll in-person, online or by phone.  

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “live chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real-time. Live chat is available Monday – Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., and select Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  

For free in-person help, residents may work with a certified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit the Get Help page.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s enrollment locations or either of the Navigator partner locations. 

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 15, the call center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to midnight. On Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 31, the call center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator. 

Access Health CT To Host Enrollment Fairs With Free, In-Person Help In New Britain, Bridgeport and New London

Connecticut residents can work one-on-one with enrollment specialists to help them shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance

HARTFORD, Conn. (Dec. 3, 2021)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced it will host three enrollment fairs in December to help Connecticut residents get free, in-person help to shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans. Enrollment fairs are one-day events in addition to Access Health CT’s five other enrollment locations and Navigator partner locations where Connecticut residents can find free, in-person help now and until Open Enrollment ends Jan. 15, 2022.

All in-person enrollment fairs will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Locations will welcome customers by appointment, with limited walk-in availability and strict safety protocols in place (mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, temperature checks, social distancing and a standard health questionnaire). Dates and times are subject to change. Each event has an online registration. Secure an appointment in advance by registering online, as walk-in appointments will be based on availability. To book an appointment, go to AccessHealthCT.com and select “Get Help,” and then choose the event and register by completing the form.

“Signing up for health insurance can be complex, and that’s why we make it easy to connect with enrollment specialists that can provide assistance,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Connecticut residents are invited to join us at any of our in-person enrollment fairs and enrollment locations throughout the state to get free expert help and to enroll in quality health insurance plans. We are here to help – and all help is free.”

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower costs, and some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the new Covered Connecticut Program.

The 2022 annual Open Enrollment period began November 1, and Connecticut residents can enroll or renew their health insurance plan until Jan. 15, 2022. Customers who enroll by Dec. 15, 2021 will have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Customers who enroll after Dec. 15, 2021 will have coverage beginning Feb. 1, 2022. 

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll in-person, online or by phone.

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “live chat” icon to connect with a customer service representative in real-time.

For free in-person help, residents may work with a certified broker or enrollment specialist in their community. To find a certified broker or enrollment specialist, visit the Get Help page.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s enrollment locations or either of the Navigator partner locations.

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator.

Access Health CT Waives Requirement For Certain Small Businesses To Enroll In A Group Health Insurance Plan Through December 15

Small businesses can enroll in group health insurance at any time of year, but they usually need a certain number of employees to participate in the plan

HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 24, 2021)—Access Health CT (AHCT) Small Business is focusing on making health insurance coverage possible for local small businesses by waiving the minimum number of employees that are typically required to enroll in a small group health insurance plan. Small businesses can enroll in a group health insurance plan at any time of year, but they usually need a certain percentage of employees to participate in the plan. Now through December 15, any small business with 50 or fewer employees in Connecticut can enroll in a group health insurance plan regardless of how many employees participate.

This opportunity, called the Employee Participation Wavier Period for small businesses, is only offered to new groups not currently enrolled through Access Health CT Small Business.

“This opportunity happens only once a year,” said John Carbone, Access Health CT Director of Small Business and Product Development. “Requirements can be an obstacle and the employee participation waiver is designed to enable small business owners to access group health insurance plans they otherwise may not have been able to provide to their employees.”

The Employee Participation Wavier Period may be particularly helpful for small businesses this year given that many were hit hard by the economic impact of the pandemic. With many small business owners faced with tough decisions, from furloughing employees to laying off non-essential staff, they may no longer qualify for the group health insurance plans outside of the waiver period because they don’t have enough employees who elect to participate.

To learn more about how to make health insurance possible for your small business employees, contact a broker. Visit AccessHealthCTSmallBiz.com to request a free quote or find a broker.

Access Health CT Announces In-Person Enrollment Fairs in Fairfield, Hartford & Waterbury

Free in-person help offered to Connecticut residents at pop-up enrollment fairs and daily on-site locations

HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 4, 2021)—Access Health CT (AHCT) announced today that in addition to on-site locations, it will offer three in-person enrollment fairs in Fairfield, Hartford and Waterbury during November, giving Connecticut residents more time to shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans.

All in-person enrollment fairs will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the following locations in Fairfield, Hartford and Waterbury.

Locations will welcome customers by appointment, with limited walk-in availability and only with strict safety protocols in place (mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, temperature checks, social distancing and standard health questionnaire). Dates and times are subject to change.

“We know signing up for health insurance can be complex and difficult to navigate, and we’re pleased to offer in-person help at enrollment fairs and on-site locations throughout the state to help Connecticut residents,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “We strongly encourage those seeking health insurance to call ahead of time to secure an appointment, as walk-in appointments will only be taken if there is availability. If you or anyone you know, needs health insurance – we recommend enrolling with Access Health CT. We are here to help – and all help is free.”

The 2022 annual Open Enrollment period began November 1, and Connecticut residents can enroll or renew their health insurance plan until Jan. 15, 2022. This year, Open Enrollment is one-month longer than in previous years. Customers who would like their coverage to begin Jan. 1, 2022 will need to enroll by Dec. 15, 2021. Any enrollment after Dec. 15, 2021 will have coverage beginning Feb. 1, 2022. Current AHCT customers who want to renew coverage must report any changes to financial income and household information.

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower costs, and some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and the new Covered Connecticut program.

Connecticut residents can find free help and enroll in-person, online or by phone.

For free online help, residents may visit AccessHealthCT.com. Live chat is available by clicking the “Live Chat” icon to connect with a Customer Service Representative in real-time.

For free in-person help, residents may work with a Certified Broker or Enrollment Specialist in their community. To find a Certified Broker or Enrollment Specialist, visit the Get Help page.

In addition, residents may visit any of Access Health CT’s Enrollment Locations or either of the Navigator partner locations.

Residents may also contact our call center at 1-855-805-4325, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers who are deaf or hearing impaired may use TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or call with a relay operator.

Access Health CT Annual Open Enrollment Period Begins Today

Connecticut residents can shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans from Nov. 1, 2021 through Jan. 15, 2022

HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 1, 2021)Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the 2022 annual Open Enrollment period has begun. Connecticut residents can enroll or renew their health insurance plan from Nov. 1, 2021 to Jan. 15, 2022, with coverage starting in the 2022 plan year. Open Enrollment is one month longer than previous years, giving Connecticut residents more time to shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans. Current AHCT customers who want to renew coverage must report any changes to financial income and household information.

Connecticut residents can enroll and find free help in three ways:

How to enroll and find free help online

How to enroll and find free help in person

How to enroll and find free help by phone

“We have yet to emerge from the public health crisis making access to quality, affordable health insurance more important than ever,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “Even if you shopped with Access Health CT in the past and did not qualify for financial help, new laws and programs are providing significant savings for the 2022 plan year, including the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the new Covered Connecticut Program. If you or anyone you know, needs health insurance come to Access Health CT. We are here to help – and all help is free.”

Access Health CT is the only place to qualify for financial help to lower costs, and some Connecticut residents may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health (Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan).

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) makes health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for many Connecticut residents by virtually eliminating or vastly reducing, monthly payments (premiums). This financial help is offered only through Access Health CT and benefits many, including those with somewhat higher incomes who can face high premiums. 

Eligible customers can also enroll in the new Covered Connecticut Program during Open Enrollment. Through this program, some parents, caretaker relatives and their tax dependents in the state of Connecticut are paying $0 for their health insurance through Access Health CT. For more information, including eligibility requirements and on how to enroll, please visit the AHCT blog.

Access Health CT Recognizes Connecticut Foodshare Leader With Annual “Commitment to Community” Award

Jason Jakubowski honored for leadership and playing an instrumental role in supporting the basic needs of Connecticut communities during the public health emergency

HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 19, 2021) — Access Health CT (AHCT) hosted its annual Community Summit today, preparing community partners, insurance carriers, brokers and certified application counselors (CACs) for the upcoming annual Open Enrollment period starting November 1 – when Connecticut residents can shop, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage through the state-based marketplace.

As part of the annual event, AHCT recognizes a local community leader that demonstrates shared values, including resilience, determination and passion for delivering vital information and services to Connecticut communities. The 2021 “Commitment to Community” award was presented to Jason Jakubowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Foodshare.

Jakubowski has been instrumental within the industry for years, helping to alleviate food insecurity for Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations – a problem that increased significantly in size and scale during the public health emergency. According to Connecticut Foodshare, Connecticut’s population of people living with food insecurity grew by an estimated 14% during the pandemic, to more than 490,000 people, including 131,000 children.

“Access Health CT’s strategic partnerships with food banks across the state has been critical since our inception,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “We applaud Jason’s leadership and his ability to connect Connecticut residents with the resources they need to live healthier lives – including the opportunity for Access Health CT to provide information about free and low-cost health insurance options to those in need.”

Jakubowski oversees a dedicated team of 110 employees and more than 8,000 volunteers who deliver in excess of 40 million meals each year through a state-wide network of approximately 700 community-based agencies.

The annual Open Enrollment period for Access Health CT starts Nov. 1, 2021 and ends Jan. 15, 2022. Connecticut residents must enroll and complete their application by December 15, 2021 for coverage that starts January 1, 2022. Connecticut residents that enroll or complete their application on or after December 16, 2021 will have coverage that starts February 1, 2022. Individuals may only enroll after January 15, 2022 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.

Individuals and families in Connecticut can find free help to enroll in quality health insurance plans during the annual Open Enrollment Period, including:

Access Health CT Awarded $1.1M Grant From The Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services

Grant funding supports the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act in Connecticut and several technology upgrades improving the consumer experience

HARTFORD, Conn. (September 20, 2021)—Access Health CT (AHCT) announced today it was recently awarded $1.1 million of grant funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The grant will be used to financially support the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) helping to make health insurance more affordable for Connecticut residents, along with technology modernization projects that will enhance consumer experiences within the online customer portal. The grant funding was made possible through the ARPA.

The ARPA makes health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for many Connecticut residents during the pandemic by virtually eliminating or vastly reducing monthly payments (premiums). This financial help is offered only through Access Health CT and benefits many, including those with somewhat higher incomes who can face high premiums. 

“Access Health CT would like to offer its gratitude to the Connecticut Congressional Delegation, Congress and President Biden for making this important funding available to allow Access Health CT to better serve our customers,” said Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, James Michel. “The grant funding is essential to helping us provide this increased assistance in pursuit of our mission—to reduce the number of uninsured residents in Connecticut—and continually improve the customer experience.”

Connecticut residents can continue to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance plans, including the newly available financial help. The current Special Enrollment period ends October 31 with coverage starting in the 2021 plan year, and the annual Open Enrollment Period begins November 1 for health insurance coverage starting in the 2022 plan year.

The new Covered Connecticut Program enrollment deadline has been extended until December 31 or the end of Open Enrollment. Through this program, eligible parents and caregivers in the state of Connecticut are paying $0 for their health insurance through Access Health CT. For more information, including eligibility requirements for the program and on how to enroll, please visit the AHCT blog.  

Access Health CT Extends Special Enrollment Period

Connecticut Residents Have More Time to Shop, Compare and Enroll in Quality Health Insurance Plans Through Access Health CT

• Access Health CT’s Special Enrollment Period deadline has been extended to October 31.
• Connecticut residents that are eligible for the Covered Connecticut Program can enroll through December 31 or the end of the Open Enrollment Period.
• Nearly half of all Access Health CT customers are paying less than $50 per enrollee per month for their health insurance plan, thanks to newly available financial help made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

HARTFORD, Conn. (August 6, 2021) — Access Health CT (AHCT) is extending the Special Enrollment Period for Connecticut residents to shop, compare and enroll in health insurance plans. The new deadline to enroll in a 2021 health insurance plan through Access Health CT is October 31. Customers can enroll online, by phone or in-person.

Additionally, as of July 1, some Connecticut residents that meet specific eligibility requirements are paying $0 for their health insurance coverage through Access Health CT, thanks to the new Covered Connecticut Program created by the State of Connecticut. Those that qualify for the program can continue to enroll through December 31 or the end of the Open Enrollment Period. To enroll in the Covered Connecticut Program, call the Access Health CT Call Center.

To be eligible for the Covered Connecticut Program, Connecticut residents must:

“As we continue to navigate the greatest threat to public health in a century, access to quality, affordable health insurance plans has never been more relevant,” said Access Health CT CEO, James Michel. “This Special Enrollment Period alone has allowed customers to access new financial help made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act, delivering more than $5.5 million in new savings per month to Connecticut residents.”

The ARPA is a new law that makes health insurance coverage more affordable for many Connecticut residents by virtually eliminating or vastly reducing monthly payments (premiums) for many people with low and moderate incomes; and providing new financial help for people with somewhat higher incomes who can face high premiums.

Access Health CT will continue to offer free help: 

*NOTE: These locations will welcome customers by appointment only with strict safety protocols (mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, temperature checks, social distancing, and standard health questionnaire).