State of Connecticut - Insurance Department

December 20, 2019
CONTACT: Jim Carson, 860-297-3958
Statement of Insurance Commissioner Andrew N. Mais on the 5th Circuit
Court of Appeals decision on the Affordable Care Act:

“This is a message for the more than 368,000 Connecticut consumers who rely on health insurance provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Your coverage remains in place and nothing has changed despite a recent court ruling.

Coverage under the ACA is offered either through Access Health CT or the Husky Medicaid expansion. Nothing has changed to either program as a result of this ruling of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the ACA’s “individual mandate” as unconstitutional.

Nevertheless, in the face of ongoing attempts to overturn the ACA, this administration under the leadership of Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz will continue to fight to ensure every Connecticut citizen has access to affordable health care.

Access Health CT has extended its Open Enrollment period until January 15, 2020, and I urge citizens still looking for health insurance for next year to take advantage of this opportunity.”   

About the Connecticut Insurance Department: The mission of the Department is to protect consumers through regulation of the industry, outreach, education and advocacy. In FY 2018, the Department recovered more than $4.5 million on behalf of consumers and regulates the industry by ensuring carriers adhere to state insurance laws and regulations and are financially solvent to pay claims. The Department’s annual budget is funded through assessments from the insurance industry. For every dollar of direct expense, the Department brings in about $8.35 to the state in revenues. In FY 2018, the Department returned more than $145 million in assessments, fees, fines and penalties, and taxes to the state’s General Fund.
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