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Access Health CT Encourages Preventative Healthcare During Black History Month

CEO highlights health problems that impact Black and African American Communities more than others

HARTFORD, Conn. (February 27, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) is encouraging Connecticut residents to use their health plans for preventative care, especially during Black History Month.

“Black History Month is an opportunity to talk about some of the most important issues for minority communities in the state,” said Michel, a proud member of the Black Community himself. “Black and African American residents are at higher risk for developing serious health conditions including asthma, diabetes and hypertension. And they are also more likely to suffer the death of a child. By using their health plans for preventative care, we can change those statistics,” he said.

According to a recent study*, racial and ethnic health disparities are among Connecticut’s most pressing issues. Also included in the report are the following facts:

Another report** indicates that the African American population in Connecticut is disproportionately affected by hypertension. They report African Americans in the United States have the highest rates of high blood pressure than any group in the world—nearly half of all African Americans in the U.S. have it. Compared with Whites, Blacks have nearly twice the risk of fatal stroke.

“You might have one of these chronic conditions,” said Michel. “If you don’t, you likely know someone who does. That’s why health needs to be a topic of discussion during Black History Month. At Access Health CT, we are working to reduce health disparities and we are here to help you.”

Michel says the first, and most important thing to do, is to use your health plan. He says it’s important to select a primary care physician and establish a relationship with them. “It’s the best way to manage your health,” said Michel, “from chronic conditions to welcoming a new child—you can use your plan for preventative care. Go get your annual physical and see your doctor regularly. That is how we will change the story about health disparities in Connecticut.”

Learn more by contacting Access Health CT. Visit the website at www.AccessHealthCT.com or call

(855) 910-2428.

*2018 Connecticut Health Foundation report, “A Healthier Connecticut,”

**The official American Heart Association and American Stroke Association blog

Access Health CT Announces 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Success

More than 111,000 Connecticut residents signed up for health insurance coverage

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 17, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced that more than 111,000 Connecticut residents signed up for health insurance during the 2019 Open Enrollment period that ended Tuesday, January 15.

“At Access Health CT, we are here to help Connecticut residents have access to quality and affordable health insurance coverage,” said Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “A total of 111,066 people enrolled during the 2019 Open Enrollment period; 80,812 renewed their plans, and 30,254 were new customers. These results show us how important health insurance is to the residents of Connecticut.”

Andrea Ravitz, Director of Marketing, added to Michel’s statement, “Our ‘shop, compare and enroll’ campaign focused on helping state residents evaluate their plan options in order to pick the best coverage for themselves and their families. In comparison to the past four open enrollments, we saw a significant increase in the number of individuals shopping than ever before.”

Access Health CT To Present Enrollment Numbers At Tomorrow’s Board of Directors Meeting

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 16, 2019)—Access Health CT (AHCT) will be presenting enrollment numbers at tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting, that will take place at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, Salon AB, 100 East River Drive in East Hartford.

Note: Please know that this meeting will not be recorded by CTN.

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Access Health CT Extends 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period

Extension ends January 15, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 15, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced an extension for the 2019 health insurance Open Enrollment period until January 15, 2019. Customers who sign up for health insurance plans through Access Health CT by today’s deadline will have coverage that starts January 1, 2019. Customers who sign up for health insurance plans through Access Health CT after today will have coverage that starts February 1, 2019.

Last night, a federal district court judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional because of the changes Congress made to the Individual Mandate penalty. Access Health CT wants to let Connecticut residents know that the Texas ruling does not affect their ability to sign up for and use 2019 health insurance plans through Access Health CT.

“Access Health CT is the official marketplace under the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut and we are committed to upholding the ACA and the support it provides to the residents of our state,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer, James Michel. “We will not let this news get in the way of fulfilling our mission to reduce the rate of the uninsured and help Connecticut residents get health insurance coverage for them and their families.”

Focusing on the extension and continued opportunity for Connecticut residents to sign up for 2019 health insurance coverage, Michel said, “With this extension, Access Health CT is encouraging customers who are currently covered by an insurance plan for 2019 to come and evaluate their options as they may find savings or lower premiums by choosing a different plan that better fits their needs and budget.”

When evaluating plan options, customers should consider things like monthly insurance payments (premiums), deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, provider networks and prescription drug coverage.

Access Health CT customers who were automatically enrolled in coverage for 2019, may find a plan that better fits their needs. If they want to make a change after December 15, they can, and the new plan will have a start date of February 1, 2019. They will continue to be covered during the month of January 2019 under the auto-enroll plan, and must pay their January payment (premium).

Free help will continue to be available during the extension:

Access Health CT Extends 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period

*Holiday hours December 24 & December 31, 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. Closed December 25 & January 1. 

The 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period Ends Saturday, December 15, 2018

Free help is still available online, in-person or over the phone

HARTFORD, Conn. (December 11, 2018)—Access Health CT (AHCT) today reminded Connecticut residents that the 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period ends this Saturday, December 15, 2018. Individuals can find free help online, in-person or over the phone.

Jonathan Law High School – Cafeteria
20 Lansdale Avenue Milford, CT

UConn Stamford – Auditorium
1 University Place, Stamford, CT

*Registration is encouraged, but not required.

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.

Enrollment Center Codes:

Enrollment Fair Codes:

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