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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 new special enrollment period will run March 19-April 2. Connecticut residents must be lawfully present in the United States, and not incarcerated, to be eligible. The coverage for those who enroll during the special period will start on April 1; enrollment is being done by phone only,
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.
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.
“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.
“We are committed to upholding the ACA and the support it provides to the residents of our state,” said AHCT CEO James Michel.
“This year, more than ever, it pays to shop and compare," said AHCT CEO James Michel. "You may find cost savings or lower monthly payments with a different plan.”
As for ongoing concerns about the possibility of major reforms to, or repeal of, the Affordable Care Act, new CEO James Michel dismissed it as “background noise."