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12/15/2016

Lt. Gov. Wyman, Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh Announce Open Enrollment Extension

Consumers have Until December 17, 2016 to Enroll in Healthcare Coverage That Begins on January 1, 2017

(Hartford, Conn.) - Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Chair of the Board of Access Health CT (AHCT) and AHCT CEO Jim Wadleigh announced today that the deadline for enrolling in healthcare coverage that begins on January 1, 2017 has been moved from tonight at midnight to Saturday, December 17, 2016 at midnight.

"Our highest priority is ensuring that our residents have healthcare coverage," said Lt. Governor Wyman. "This extension means more people are covered for January 1st, and that means more people have access to the care and treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives."

"High demand drove the decision to extend the deadlines," said CEO Wadleigh. "I want to thank our insurance carriers for helping us respond to this demand and the needs of our customers. This gives people the opportunity to understand their options as to what financial assistance may be available to help lower the costs of the plans or deductibles. Many of our customers qualify for subsidies that dramatically reduce the cost of insurance."

Over the past seven days (compared to same time last year), AHCT call volume increased 22 percent and web traffic is up 30 percent. In relation to this time in 2015, new customer enrollment for Qualified Health Plans (QHP) is currently trending 12 percent higher than last year. Overall enrollment is up more than 3 percent.

AHCT staff encourages customers to prepare as much as possible before enrolling, including gathering documents and reviewing their options. The following documents or information is needed to enroll in a health insurance plan through AHCT:

  • Social security number
  • Visa, green card or other immigration documents
  • Most recent tax return
  • Employer Information including offers of employer sponsored coverage
  • Current insurance coverage


AHCT's Call Center and Enrollment Center hours are as follows:

Hours of Operation

AHCT Call Center

Enrollment Centers

New Britain (200 Main St.)

New Haven (55 Church Street)

Thursday December 15

Open Until Midnight

Open Until Midnight

Friday December 16

8 AM – 6 PM

9 AM – 5 PM

Saturday December 17

10 AM – Midnight

9 AM – 3 PM

Sunday December 18

CLOSED

CLOSED

  • Call 1-855-805-4325) | TTY: 1-855-789-2428
  • Visit www.AccessHealthCT.com<http://www.AccessHealthCT.com>
  • Visit an enrollment center in New Britain or New Haven
  • Visit a Community Enrollment Partner in East Hartford, Norwich or Stamford -Please visit Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/Locations for hours of operations.

Customers who enroll in healthcare coverage can avoid a potential tax penalty of $695, or 2.5 percent of their household income and may be eligible for financial help.

About Access Health CT

Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut's official health insurance marketplace, is a quasi-public agency created by the Connecticut legislature in 2011 to satisfy requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act. AHCT's mission is to increase the number of insured residents in Connecticut, promote health, lower costs, and eliminate health disparities. Connecticut residents and small business owners can compare and enroll in health care coverage and apply for tax credits for individuals through AHCT. Access Health CT partners with the CT Department of Social Services in HUSKY Health eligibility and enrollment. For more information, please visit www.AccessHealthCT.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AccessHealthCT and follow us on Twitter @AccessHealthCT.


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Contact:

Andrea Ravitz
andrea.ravitz@ct.gov
860.757.6826

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@LGWyman
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Juliet Manalan
Communications Director
Office of Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman
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(m) 860.913.7528

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