Access Health CT enrollment period ends at midnight Wednesday

Connecticut residents have until midnight Wednesday to sign up for health coverage with Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange.

The deadline will mark the end of an extended open-enrollment period.

Thirty-one people signed up for a health plan Saturday during an enrollment fair in New London, a sizable turnout that Access Health CT officials found encouraging.

“We were pleasantly surprised,” Andrea Ravitz, the agency’s director of marketing, said Monday. “People signed up for a mix of private health plans and Medicaid.”

At this point, Ravitz said, agency officials are most concerned that about 20 percent of those who have enrolled in a 2020 health insurance plan still need to submit verification documents regarding such information as income and immigration status. Residents who have received a letter from the agency asking them to submit documents should follow the instructions for doing so even if they have enrolled and started using their plan. Failure to provide the documentation could cause an enrollee to lose coverage.

“About 13,000 people owe us some type of verification document,” Ravitz said.

Residents can still enroll online, over the phone or in person at enrollment fairs from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Branford and from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Bridgeport and at enrollment locations open throughout the day in Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury. Documents can be scanned at the enrollment fairs.

Those who call the agency and leave a message with their enrollment information by midnight Wednesday will meet the deadline. An agency representative will return the call.

Access Health CT enrollments for 2020 are running slightly behind 2019, when about 111,000 people signed up for health care. Agency officials, who are conducting a survey to determine the reasons for the decline, believe it is largely attributable to improvements in the economy and greater employment.

It’s a good bet, Ravitz said, that most 2019 enrollees who didn’t renew for 2020 are getting their insurance elsewhere, most likely from an employer. Some may have qualified for Medicare or Medicaid or have left the state, she said.

For more information, visit www.accesshealthct.com.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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