Gov. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Wyman, and Commissioner Wade on ConnectiCare's Decision to Remain in the State Healthcare Exchange
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Katharine L. Wade released the following statements regarding the announcement made today by ConnectiCare that the insurance carrier will remain in the state's healthcare exchange, Access Health CT:
Governor Malloy said, "The decision made today by ConnectiCare is welcome news as many Connecticut residents who depend on the carrier for their healthcare services will continue to benefit from their inclusion in the exchange. Hundreds of thousands of people in our state are benefitting from Obamacare, many of whom either previously had no healthcare at all or lacked quality coverage. Recent data shows that Access Health CT has brought the number of uninsured people in our state to its lowest rate in history, and among the lowest rates in the country. Our administration will continue working to ensure that Connecticut remains a leader in implementing an exchange that provides quality, secure, and affordable healthcare to all of our state's families. I thank Lt. Governor Wyman, Access Health CT, the Insurance Department, and ConnectiCare for quickly working to find a solution that ultimately is in the best interest of Connecticut residents."
Lt. Governor Wyman, who serves as chair of the Access Health CT Board of Directors, said, "This is very good news for Connecticut consumers and for our healthcare marketplace. Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act, Connecticut's top priority has been expanding access to healthcare - ensuring that preventative care, treatment for chronic conditions, and a healthcare home would be available to everyone no matter their income, gender, or health status. ConnectiCare has been a valuable partner in this effort to build a healthier state, a stronger workforce, and a better marketplace for us all. I welcome their decision to stay. I also want to recognize Jim Wadleigh, the CEO of Access Health CT, Commissioner Wade, and ConnectiCare for their commitment to resolving this situation to the benefit of residents."
Commissioner Wade said, "ConnectiCare is an important member of Connecticut's insurance industry and the community at large. The company's willingness to participate in the ACA exchange from the start has provided thousands of Connecticut consumers with access to health insurance choices, which is essential for a robust market."
Office of Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman