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AmeriCares offers in-person assistance

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 31, 2014 At 09:18 PM

It's the last day to sign up for health insurance in Connecticut under the Affordable Care Act, and AmeriCares' staff is on hand helping Stamford residents make the deadline.

As the hours wind down, people looking for health coverage line up across the state.  

"Through Connecticut, we're having a lot of enrollments today that are going to be until midnight.  We actually are planning on staying until midnight," said Miriam Perez, navigator coordinator for Fairfield county with Access Health CT.  

Federally qualified health centers and other in-state agencies, like AmeriCares, are offering face to face assistnace with last minute enrollment.  

One Stamford resident says he signed up last night for his daughter and himself, but wants to be sure it's the right plan.  He felt navigating the Access Health CT website was confusing.  

"I thought it was the cheapest one, it was a Bronze, which, that was like 817 dollars a month," said Lester Little, a Stamford resident, "And I can't pay that for me and my daughter."  

Waiting, he hopes for answers.

"I'm hoping that they get me in the right program, just for me and her," said Little.  

To date, 170,000 residents have signed up with the CT health care exchange.  Now with midnight approaching, numbers are soaring -- slowing down the process.

"We've been having some delays that we haven't expected but the good news is we're not going to turn anybody away,"  said Perez.

Because of the surge, residents who provide their information before midnight, but don't get through, will be considered on time.

"We're going to call them within three days and they are going to be enrolled, they're not going to be penalized," said Perez.

Those who don't provide their information before then will be fined either $95 or one percent of their household income.

More information:

Residents can also make the deadline by calling and leaving a message with Access Health CT before midnight.  The number residents can call to reach Access Health CT is 1-855-805-4325.  


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