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Access Health CT Announces An Extension Of The Special Enrollment Period For Uninsured Residents Due To High Enrollment Volume

CT residents without health insurance can enroll in coverage until April 15, 2021

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 9, 2021) — Due to the high volume of Connecticut residents enrolling since Access Health CT (AHCT) announced its initial Special Enrollment Period (February 15 – March 15, 2021) for uninsured residents, and as the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat to public health, customers without health insurance can continue to enroll in a health plan during this extension of the Special Enrollment Period. The extension of the Special Enrollment Period will run from March 16 – April 15, 2021. 

The Special Enrollment Period is for consumers who are not currently enrolled in coverage through AHCT. This effort aligns with the Special Enrollment Period in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and most importantly helps consumers during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Emergency. 

 Special Enrollment Period coverage effective dates and guidelines are as follows:

“Collectively as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, Access Health CT remains focused on the health and wellbeing of Connecticut residents,” said Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT, James Michel. “And if you or someone you know is uninsured, please take the opportunity of this extended Special Enrollment Period to get covered. Access Health CT can help you enroll in an affordable, quality health insurance plan that is right for you and your family.”

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 their health, wellbeing and ensure they have access to needed services.

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).  

Access Health CT To Host Two Educational “Healthy Chats” During Special Enrollment Period

Free Virtual Sessions to Help Uninsured Connecticut Residents Get Covered    

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 4, 2021) — Access Health CT (AHCT) announced today it will host two educational sessions called “Healthy Chats” on Tuesday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. (Spanish only) to help Connecticut residents learn about plan options, financial help, low-cost and free coverage and tips to stay covered during the Special Enrollment Period that runs until March 15, 2021*. The Special Enrollment Period is for consumers who are not currently enrolled in coverage through AHCT.

About these Healthy Chats

The Healthy Chat events are free and will be held virtually via Zoom (in English & Spanish). To join, attendees can access the event here, or here: ahct-2021-healthy-chat.eventbrite.com

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

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


Important information about the Special Enrollment Period: coverage effective dates and guidelines

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 their health and wellbeing and ensure they have access to necessary services.

Access Health CT will continue to offer free help: 

*Note: Near the end of this period, AHCT will assess whether an extension is needed.

Access Health CT Encourages Preventative Healthcare During Black History Month

CEO highlights health problems that impact communities of color

HARTFORD, Conn. (February 24, 2021) — Access Health CT (AHCT) is encouraging Connecticut residents to use their health plans for preventative care, especially those in Black and African American communities, during Black History Month.

“With February’s Black History Month, we have an opportunity to have open dialogue about the most important issues for minority communities in our state,” said James Michel, Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT and a proud member of the Black Community himself. “Black and African American residents are at higher risk for developing serious health conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension. By encouraging people to use their health plans for preventative care or sign up for coverage, we can change these statistics that affect communities of color.”   

According to a recent study*, racial and ethnic health disparities are among Connecticut’s most pressing issues, such as:

Another report** indicates that the African American population in Connecticut is disproportionately affected by hypertension. The report states that 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 high blood pressure. Compared with Whites, Blacks have nearly twice the risk of fatal stroke.

Need Health Insurance Coverage?

Access Health CT opened a Special Enrollment Period for consumers who are not currently enrolled in coverage through AHCT. This effort aligns with the Special Enrollment Period in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and most importantly helps consumers during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Emergency.  Uninsured individuals can sign up for health insurance coverage through Access Health CT during the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) through March 15, 2021.

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 their health, wellbeing and ensure they have access to necessary services.

Access Health CT will continue to offer free help: 

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

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

One Week Left For Uninsured Residents To Enroll For March Coverage With Access Health CT During Special Enrollment Period

DUE TO ONGOING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

CT residents without health insurance must enroll by February 28 for coverage starting March 1

HARTFORD, Conn. (February 22, 2021)—As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, Access Health CT (AHCT) is reminding uninsured Connecticut residents they have one-week left to enroll in a health insurance plan to have coverage start on March 1, 2021, during the Special Enrollment period that runs until March 15, 2021*.

The Special Enrollment Period is for consumers who are not currently enrolled in coverage through AHCT. This effort aligns with the Special Enrollment Period in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and most importantly helps consumers during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Emergency. 

Special Enrollment Period coverage effective dates and guidelines are as follow:

“As we continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Access Health CT remains focused on helping Connecticut residents get insured,” said Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT, James Michel. “If you are uninsured, or you know someone that is – a neighbor, a co-worker, a loved one — please contact Access Health CT to get covered during this Special Enrollment Period. We are here to help you enroll in an affordable, quality health insurance plan.”

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 their health, wellbeing and ensure they have access to necessary services.

Access Health CT will continue to offer free help: 

*Note: Near the end of this period, AHCT will assess whether an additional extension is needed.

ACCESS HEALTH CT ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR UNINSURED RESIDENTS DUE TO ONGOING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

CT residents without health insurance can enroll in coverage between Feb. 15 – March 15, 2021

HARTFORD, Conn. (February 11, 2021)—As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten public health, uninsured Connecticut residents can enroll in a health insurance plan through Access Health CT (AHCT) starting on February 15, 2021, with the opening of a Special Enrollment period that will run until March 15, 2021*.

The Special Enrollment Period is for consumers who are not currently enrolled in coverage through AHCT. This effort aligns with the Special Enrollment Period in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and most importantly helps consumers during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Emergency. 

Special Enrollment Period coverage effective dates and guidelines are as follow:

“As we continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, Access Health CT is focused on the health and wellbeing of Connecticut residents,” said Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT, James Michel. “If you are uninsured, or you know someone that is, please contact us to get covered during this Special Enrollment Period. Access Health CT can help you enroll in an affordable, quality health insurance plan that is right for you and your family.”

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 their health, wellbeing and ensure they have access to necessary services.

Access Health CT will continue to offer free help: 

*Note: Near the end of this period, AHCT will assess whether an additional extension is needed.

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.