Access Health Connecticut’s final tally for initial enrollment is in. The State’s health exchange has enrolled more than 200,000 residents with insurance, doubling Connecticut’s initial enrollment goal.
“I am extremely pleased that over 200,000 individuals and families in Connecticut have been able to find affordable health plans through Access Health CT, the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange,” said State Representative Jim Himes in a statement.
As of Sunday, 208,301 residents enrolled in coverage, with 78,713 enrolling in private insurance and 129,588 in Medicaid. Those numbers are reflective of those who signed up prior to the open enrollment’s deadline of March 31st, plus the 5,000 who were able to enroll over the last two weeks after experiencing tech difficulties before the deadline.
The better-than-expected numbers aren’t too much of a surprise. 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 23rd, Access Health CT had enrolled 34,295 consumers.
The exchange’s success has made the state a model nationwide, with some states looking to incorporate the technology used by Connecticut’s health exchange website. Recently, the board of directors at Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange approved to adopt the model.
“Our mission since the beginning has been to increase access to quality, more affordable health care coverage,” said Kevin Counihan, Access Health CT CEO. We’re honored to have worked with so many organizations throughout our State and helped tens of thousands of previously uninsured or underinsured residents obtain the care they deserve.”
But, the work isn’t done yet. Access Health CT will continue its research into the impact of the Affordable Care Act, aiming to find out how the exchange can better serve Connecticut.