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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).  

Access Health CT Special Enrollment Period Deadline Approaching, Ends August 15

The Access Health CT American Rescue Plan Act Special Enrollment Period has saved Connecticut residents more than $4.5 million in health insurance costs since May 1

• Connecticut residents have one month left to enroll.
More than 33,000 enrollees have received new financial help, saving approximately $4.5 million dollars in total.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) made health insurance coverage more affordable for many Connecticut residents by virtually eliminating or vastly reducing monthly payments (premiums) for people with low and moderate incomes.

HARTFORD, Conn. (July 15, 2021) — Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace, is reminding Connecticut residents they have one month left to enroll in health insurance coverage during the American Rescue Plan Act Special Enrollment Period ending August 15.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has virtually eliminated, or vastly reduced monthly payments (premiums) for many people with low and moderate incomes and has saved Connecticut residents more than $4.5 million to date. This financial help is offered only through Access Health CT and benefits many, including those with somewhat higher incomes who can face high premiums.

“The American Rescue Plan Act has made health insurance coverage significantly more affordable and this Special Enrollment Period provides access to this help for many more people,” said James Michel, Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT. “We ask that if you or someone you know is uninsured or unemployed, please enroll by August 15.”

For more information on the AHCT Special Enrollment Period and the American Rescue Plan Act, visit AccessHealthCT.com.

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).  

Thousands of Access Health CT Customers Are Now Paying Significantly Less For Their Healthcare Coverage

CT’s Marketplace Data Shows Impact of American Rescue Plan for Special Enrollment Period that Began May 1st

Access Health CT (AHCT) announced today that since the beginning of the Special Enrollment Period on May 1, thousands of new customers enrolling through Connecticut’s Official Health Insurance Marketplace, and existing ones who have updated their applications, are seeing significant savings in their healthcare coverage, thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act that provides new financial help to lower their monthly payments (premiums).

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) 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.

AHCT is reporting the following stats since the beginning of the Special Enrollment Period:

Enrollment numbers for its existing customers:

Enrollment numbers for new customers

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that this newly available financial help is offered only through Access Health CT.This is the reason why many who buy plans “off-exchange” or are uninsured/underinsured should come and shop, compare and enroll by August 15, 2021.

“We are very pleased to see that thousands of new and existing customers are taking advantage of the newly available financial help to lower the cost of their healthcare coverage,” said Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT, James Michel. “If you or someone you know is uninsured or unemployed, please use the opportunity of this Special Enrollment Period ending on August 15, to get a quality health insurance plan.”

For more information on the AHCT Special Enrollment Period and the American Rescue Plan, visit AccessHealthCT.com or read our blog.

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 Virtual “Healthy Chats” Kick-Off Again

American Rescue Plan Financial Help Featured in Free Virtual Educational Sessions     

Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced a new series of virtual educational sessions, known as “Healthy Chats.” The purpose of the online events is to help Connecticut residents become familiar with the marketplace, learn about plan options, to get coverage and learn about newly available financial help to lower their monthly payments (premiums) during the current Special Enrollment Period from May 1 – August 15, 2021.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) signed into law on March 11 by President Biden, will make health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for many Connecticut residents during the current health crisis, by virtually eliminating or vastly reducing monthly payments (premiums) for many people with low and moderate incomes who enroll through Access Health CT; and providing new financial help for people with somewhat higher incomes who can face high premiums.

Healthy Chats are free and will be held virtually via Zoom (in English & Spanish) at 6:00 PM on several  Tuesdays and Wednesdays in May and June. 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.  

To join, attendees can access the event here.

Or here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthy-chat-registration-page-tickets-142606695465

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

For more information on the AHCT Special Enrollment Period and the American Rescue Plan, visit AccessHealthCT.com.

Access Health CT Announces A Special Enrollment Period Allowing New and Existing Customers To Receive Significantly Greater Financial Help At Virtually Every Income Level

Under the American Rescue Plan, new and existing customers who buy health insurance through the Marketplace will become eligible to receive increased financial help to reduce their monthly payments

·         The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) will make health insurance coverage more affordable for many CT residents, by virtually eliminating or vastly reducing monthly payments (premiums) for 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 open a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) from May 1 – August 15, 2021.

·         The average savings per household will be $116.05 per month, or $1,392.57 per year.

·         Households with annual income over 400% of the Federal Poverty Level ($51,040 for one person), will be newly eligible for financial help and will see an average monthly savings of over $500 or $6,200 a year.

·         Over half of current households in a qualified health plan will now pay under $16/month for their health insurance.

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 28, 2021) —Access Health CT (AHCT) announced today the opening of a Special Enrollment Period from May 1 until August 15, 2021, where new and existing customers enrolling through the Marketplace will be able to take advantage of newly available financial help to lower their monthly payments (premiums).

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) signed into law on March 11 by President Biden, will make health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for many Connecticut residents during the current health crisis, by virtually eliminating or vastly reducing monthly payments (premiums) for many people with low and moderate incomes who enroll through Access Health CT; and providing new financial help for people with somewhat higher incomes who can face high premiums.

How much will people save? It will depend on a household’s annual income.

·         The average savings per household will be $116.05 per month, or $1,392.57 per year.

·         People with annual income over 400% of the Federal Poverty Level ($51,040 for one person), will be newly eligible financial help through Access Health CT and will see an average monthly savings of over $500 or $6,200 a year.

·         People with annual incomes up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level ($19,140 for one person) can now buy silver plans for nearly $0 monthly premium with a $0 deductible (the amount you pay for covered health care services before your insurance plan starts to pay) and lower copay and coinsurance amounts.

·         Individual taxpayers who receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits at any time in 2021, will be automatically considered to have an annual income at 133% of the Federal Poverty Level ($12,880) and will be eligible for a nearly $0 premium benchmark silver plan with no deductibles for medical or prescription drug coverage, and very low copay and coinsurance amounts.

·         Over half of current households in a qualified health plan will now pay under $16/month for their health insurance.

“The American Rescue Plan will help many people since financial help will be significantly greater for people at virtually every income level,” said Chief Executive Officer at Access Health CT, James Michel. “Many of those who buy their health insurance through Access Health CT will become eligible to receive increased financial help known as premium tax credits to reduce their portion of monthly premiums or may be eligible to receive financial help for the first time.”

Existing AHCT customers will be allowed to keep the same plan with enhanced financial help or change plans during this Special Enrollment Period. However, if a person changes plan, and they have already paid out-of-pocket costs (e.g. plan deductible or maximum out-of-pocket amounts), they may not be able to count any of those payments made from their current plan to the new plan and should speak to their insurance company.  Customers will also need to check provider networks and prescription drug formularies for different plans.

In addition, customers will be allowed to select a new plan from any plan offered through Access Health CT if they prefer. These individuals should know that if they change to a plan with a different insurance company, they will not be able to count those prior out-of-pocket payments toward a new plan, and plan networks and prescription drug formularies can differ from plan to plan. Any questions should be referred directly to their insurance company.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that changing a plan during this time (May 1- August 15, 2021) will require customers to call the Access Health CT call center to make the change and their insurance company with any plan specific questions. Please expect higher than usual wait times.

Finally, it’s important to remind residents that this newly available financial help is offered only through Access Health CT. This is the reason why many who buy plans “off-exchange” or are uninsured/underinsured should come and shop, compare and enroll.

For more information on the AHCT Special Enrollment Period and the American Rescue Plan, visit AccessHealthCT.com.

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 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.