Access Health Connecticut, the state's official health insurance agency under the Affordable Care Act, announced it has surpassed its goal of enrollment.
The agency was hoping to sign up 100,000 Connecticut residents and small businesses for health care coverage by March 31, but reported 121,983 enrollees as of Monday. The total number if enrollees in private insurance plans is 50,665, or 41.5 percent of the total enrollees.
“When the exchange launched in October, we said our goal was to enroll 100,000 Connecticut consumers by the end of open enrollment on March 31st,” said Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT. “We are thrilled to have reached that goal seven weeks early; however, our work does not end here. Our outreach and engagement efforts will be just as aggressive and active during the remaining open enrollment period so we can provide quality, more affordable health care coverage to as many Connecticut consumers as possible.”
In December, Connecticut became the first state to exceed the enrollment projections set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a release from the agency's office. CMS projected that Connecticut would enroll a total of 33,000 consumers by the end of open enrollment, and by December 23, Access Health CT had enrolled 34,295 consumers.
“Connecticut has clearly become a leader in implementing the Affordable Care Act and enrolling consumers in quality, more affordable health care coverage,” said Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, co-chair of the Access Health CT board. “I’m very proud of everything that the Board, Kevin Counihan, the staff at Access Health CT and the partner community organizations have done to educate consumers about health care coverage and help those consumers enroll. Together, we’re improving the lives of thousands of Connecticut residents, some of whom are accessing quality, more affordable care for the first time.”
“For too long we’ve talked about the problem of people being unable to afford quality healthcare, and now, Connecticut has finally done something about it,” said Governor Dannel Malloy. “I congratulate Lieutenant Governor Wyman for her leadership on this issue and Kevin Counihan and the Access Health CT team for the strong execution of this landmark reform. They have created a model that other states are looking to.”
Open enrollment will continue until March 31, 2014. Visit www.accesshealthct.com for more information.
In January, an enrollment fair was held at Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center. View our coverage on It's Relevant here: