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Access Health CT sees surge in enrollment as deadline approaches

By Judy Benson

Publication: theday.com

Published March 29. 2014 5:30PM   Updated March 29. 2014 5:32PM

With the Monday deadline for open enrollment fast approaching, Access Health CT is experiencing a surge in enrollment and continues to partner with Federally Qualified Health Centers and the Navigator and Assister Outreach Program to provide in-person health care enrollment assistance.

Residents who do not have health care coverage can shop and compare plans around-the-clock at www.accesshealthct.com or by calling the Access Health CT call center at (855) 805-4325. The call center staff has quadrupled in size since open enrollment began in October, and representatives will be available today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Access Health CT has partnered with nine Federally Qualified Health Centers, including two in eastern Connecticut, to provide additional in-person assistance. UCFS, at 47 Town Street in Norwich, will offer the additional service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Generations, at 40 Mansfield Ave., Willimantic, will offer the added service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

In addition to the in-person assistance provided at Federally Qualified Health Centers, Access Health CT also continues working with the Navigator and Assister Outreach Program to provide in-person assistance in communities across the state. In eastern Connecticut on Monday, the Access Agency at 1315 Main St., Willimantic, will offer the service from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Ledge Light Health District, at 216 Broad St., New London, will offer the service from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information regarding the Navigator events, including contact information to schedule an appointment, visit ahctcommunity.org.

After Monday, residents will only be able to obtain coverage under these plans under special circumstances, such as marriage, divorce, birth, adoption or loss of insurance coverage from an employer.

Consumers must sign up for coverage or receive an exemption from coverage by Monday to avoid a tax penalty. For 2014, the federal government will assess a penalty of 1 percent of gross household income over the federal income tax filing threshold or $95 per individual, whichever amount is greater.

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