STATEMENT FROM KEVIN COUNIHAN, CEO ACCESS HEALTH CT

Kevin Counihan, Access Health CT CEO, released the following statement: “As the midnight deadline for enrolling in quality, affordable healthcare approaches, we are experiencing a substantial increase in the number of people who are trying to sign up. Between problems with the Federal Data Service Hub, and the surge in demand here in Connecticut, some people are having difficulty getting through to us. Because we do not want people who are making a good faith effort to be penalized, we are asking people to call 1-855-805-4325. If necessary, you will be prompted to leave your name, address and a phone number in a secure voicemail where an Access Health CT employee will get back to you over the next few days to complete your enrollment. All messages left before midnight, March 31st will be considered as meeting the enrollment deadline. “

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About Access Health CT Access Health CT (also know n as the Exchange) w as created by the Connecticut Legislature in 2011 and is a quasi-public agency established to satisfy requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act. Its mission is to increase the number of insured residents in Connecticut, promote health, low er costs and eliminate health disparities. Its vision is to provide a simple online shopping and enrollment experience for state residents and small businesses, starting w ith open enrollment in October 2013. Access Health CT w ill ensure that participating health plans meet certain standards, and w ill facilitate competition and choice by rating the quality of each plan. Individuals and families buying coverage through the Exchange may qualify for tax credits on premiums. The Exchange w ill also coordinate eligibility and enrollment w ith state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs. More information is available at w w w .AccessHealthCT.com

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