The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange announced Feb. 11 it will be launching its community outreach programs with the Office of the Healthcare Advocate to educate residents about the state’s exchange.
As required by the Affordable Care Act, the Navigator and In-Person Assistance programs (NIPA) help residents and small businesses understand and enroll in health coverage policies. The exchange will officially launch in October.
The partnership is the first in the nation and has been applauded by the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight as a potential model for other states. Additionally the exchange has applied for federal funding to support the programs.
“We believe that doing everything possible to reach the non-insured and underinsured in Connecticut is imperative,” said Vicki Veltri, the state healthcare advocate, in a press release. “Our work with the Exchange to create a robust NIPA effort will be very important to success.”