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The annual open enrollment period for Connecticut residents to shop, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage for the 2022 plan year is scheduled to conclude on Jan. 15, 2022.
The rate increases “will be one more strain on Connecticut families and small businesses at a tremendously challenging time," says Attorney General William Tong.
CID Commissioner Andrew Mais will announce his final decision on the proposed rate increases in September.
AHCT participants will see an average health insurance savings per household of $116 per month, according to the organization's CEO.
It also saw a significant increase of 83% in dental plan enrollment year-over-year.
Nearly 17,500 Connecticut residents transitioned to HUSKY from private health insurance coverage, likely due to loss of income in 2020, during the most recent open enrollment period.
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.”