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In addition, AHCT customers who had already enrolled in a plan for 2021 now have the option to keep it or find a new plan.
So-called "Bidencare" and Connecticut lawmakers' consideration of adding a public option could benefit the state's uninsured, AHCT CEO James Michel says.
The $2.5 billion in the state’s Budget Reserve Fund (also known as the Rainy Day Fund) puts Connecticut "in pretty good shape" through at least June 30, said Gov. Ned Lamont. “Obviously, this is the rainy day,” added Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management Melissa McCaw. “We are well-positioned to weather this storm.”
According to the state health insurance exchange, the increase was driven mainly by broker engagements within the small business community, with 89% of plans selected were chosen with the help of a broker.
Several efforts to improve security are already in place, the organization said, with longer-term initiatives planned regarding system changes and more frequent IT security training to improve data protection and security awareness.
While Access Health covers about 110,000 persons in the individual market, earlier this year it reported that it covered just 400 small businesses, representing 1,382 people — less than 1% of Connecticut's small group market.
Customers who already signed up but wish to make a plan change during the extension period must still pay the January bill (premium) for the original plan.
The centers represent “taking our customer service one step further,” says ConnectiCare Director of Retail Operations Laurie Blier. “Meeting customers face-to-face, in person, gives people a better sense of connection.”
Anthem and ConnectiCare have proposed rate increases of 15.2% and 4.9%, respectively, for individual health plans.
“There was a huge amount of confusion and misinformation out there" this year, according to AHCT Director of Marketing Andrea Ravitz.
The total enrollees is 3,068 fewer than last year. Of those, 80,812 renewed their plans while 30,254 were new customers.
Having resigned from AHCT in February, Jim Wadleigh violated the state Code of Ethics by accepting a position with Access Health vendor Softheon in October.
“We are committed to upholding the ACA and the support it provides to the residents of our state,” said AHCT CEO James Michel.