CT Healthcare Open Enrollment Begins Today

HARTFORD, Conn.  (WTNH) — The fourth annual Open Enrollment period for healthcare begins today, Tuesday, November 1 and continues until January 31, 2017, that’s according to Access Health CT leaders.

In order to have coverage by January 1, 2017 with no gaps, people need to enroll by December 15th.

Open Enrollment is the time period during which customers can shop for and enroll in health insurance plans for the upcoming year.

Steve Rivkin of New Haven and his wife, Beatriz, came to the Access Health CT storefront in New Haven looking for help.

“There are a lot of choices out there,” said Steve Rivkin who is self-employed.  “We just had to walk through it so we came here seeking some advice and we got it.”

With the presidential candidates differing over Obamacare this election season, it has turned into a political football this election season.

At an event outside of Philadelphia today, Donald Trump said he wanted to repeal and replace Obamacare, “In many instances, healthcare costs are more than their mortgage or rent.”

And at the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton argued, “”We’re got to get costs down, increase value, emphasize wellness.  I have a plan for that.”

As people came to enroll for Obamacare at Access Health CT, Karen Perez, a manager there, said most customers asked the same question, “If it’s going to be too much money for them to pay for it.”

For people signing up, exchange plan rates in the nutmeg state will increase between 17 and 24%.  The average customer’s premium will be about 100 dollars with subsidies.  There are also fewer plans from which to choose.

“We don’t have 4 carriers, we only have 2 carriers this year – Connecticare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield,” said Perez.

That means United Healthcare or Healthy CT customers will have to switch to new plans.

But is it a better deal?  Access Health says going to a carrier directly could mean a rate hike of almost 48%.  Steve Rivkin is self employed.  He and his wife agree that going to a carrier directly was more expensive.

“In previous years, we’ve had to pay almost as much as our mortgage,” said Beatriz Rivkin.

The Rivkins signed up for Obamacare saying it’s a better deal for them.

Federal law states that everyone has to have insurance coverage.  If not, you could be subject to fines.

The federal penalty is six hundred and ninety-five dollars per adult and three hundred forty-seven dollars and fifty cents per child.  That fine is up to a maximum of 3 people in the house or up 2 1/2% of your household income which ever is higher..

The following documents are required to enroll in a healthcare plan through Access Health Connecticut

  • Social Security numbers
  • Visa, green card or other immigration documents
  • Most recent tax return
  • Employer Information
  • Current insurance coverage

Proper documentation is important, because it determines a consumer’s eligibility for financial help.

AHCT provides many ways for customers to enroll in healthcare, with options in-person, over the phone, and online.  People can find this information in the following ways:

  • Online at learn.accesshealthct.com
  • By phone at 1-855-805-HEAL (1-855-805-4325) |    TTY: 1-855-789-242
  • Visit an AHCT storefront in New Britain or New Haven
  • Visit a Community Enrollment Partner in East Hartford, Norwich or Stamford
  • Talk to a Certified Application Councilor (CAC) at one of our community partners including hospitals, health advocacy groups and local community support centers

The Access Health CT call center will be open during Open Enrollment Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

You can also head over to one of these Storefront or Community Enrollment Partner Locations:

  • New Britain – 200 Main Street New Britain, CT
  • Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
  • New Haven – 55 Church Street New Haven, CT \
  • Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
  • East Hartford – East Hartford Public Library
  • 840 Main Street  Hartford, CT
  • Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 5 pm; Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Norwich – United Community & Family Services
  • 47 Town Street Norwich, CT
  • Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 5 pm; Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Stamford –  Ferguson Library
  • 1 Public Library Plaza Stamford, CT
  • Tuesday – Friday 10:30 am – 6 pm; Saturday 10:30 am – 5 pm


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