(WTNH) — Connecticut residents now have a couple of extra days to enroll for healthcare benefits through AccessHealthCT.
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman along with Jim Wadeligh, CEO of AccessHealthCT, announced Thursday afternoon 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 week, AccessHealthCT has seen a 22-percent rise in call volume, and their website traffic is up 30-percent. Meeting the increased demand was the main factor for the extension.
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 (if applicable)
- Most recent tax return
- Employment information, including offer of employer sponsored coverage
- Current insurance coverage
AccessHealthCT enrollment centers in New Haven and New Britain will be open:
- Thursday until Midnight
- Friday until 5:00pm
- Saturday until 3:00pm