By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor
As host of the CTV14 governmental affairs program, “Town Talk,” I recently interviewed Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak of Access Health CT – this is the entity that is charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the new statewide insurance plan as part of the country’s Affordable Care Act.
You can watch my interview with Mr. Madrak online by clicking on this link http://www.ctv14.com and then clicking on the Programming tab. In this drop-down menu, choose VOD archives. On the next page, use the drop-down menu on the left (All Folders) and choose “Town Talk” from the bottom of that list.
In addition to the interview with Access Health CT, there’s a very informative “Town Talk” interview with Windham State Rep. Susan Johnson that also simplifies some of the nuts and bolts of what’s on the horizon.
(You can also speak with representatives of Access Health CT at the final Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest http://willimanticstreetfest.com on Sept. 19, 2013. Look for their booth.)
Below are comments from Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer Kevin Counihan, issued Sept. 18, on getting ready to launch the sign-up program on Oct. 1, 2013.
This first wave of enrollment will continue until Jan. 1, 2014.
You may have noticed an increase in TV ads urging you to sign up for a company’s insurance plan. You may want to know that unless you are enrolled through Access Health CT, you will NOT be entitled to subsidies (in some cases, 100 percent subsidies).
You may also want to know that anyone who doesn’t have some form of insurance by Jan. 1, 2014 will be assessed a punitive tax by the federal government.
And as always, if you receive a phone call soliciting information regarding your health insurance, please do not give out personal information. Access Health CT will not be making calls to Connecticut residents.
To understand what all of this means, you can contact Access Health CT directly at 855-805-4325… and return to your town’s news page on HTNP News for updates.
In a press release issued this week, Kevin Counihan says:
“We are pleased to report that Access Health CT is on track to be fully operational and ready for consumers to shop and enroll on October 1.
“We’ve said consistently that there will be bumps in the road, but we believe we are as well positioned as any state to help consumers find quality, affordable health plan coverage. Our call center is already taking questions from consumers and they, along with brokers,
“Navigators, In-person Assistors, health plans and others will be ready to walk Connecticut residents through the enrollment process on Oct. 1.
“Our enrollment checklist will be released next week to help consumers more efficiently compare health plans and prices, shop, and enroll.
“Access Health CT is grateful for the support of all key stakeholders to finally realize the benefits of health reform in Connecticut. While implementation will be a multi-year process, we value the commitment and patience of state residents and small businesses as we make this critical first step.”
About Access Health CT
Access Health CT (also known as The Exchange) was created by the Connecticut Legislature in 2011 and is a quasi-public agency established to satisfy requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Its mission is to increase the number of insured residents in Connecticut, promote health, lower costs and eliminate health disparities. Its vision is to provide a simple online enrollment procedure for state residents and small businesses, starting with open enrollment in October 2013.
Access Health CT will ensure that participating health plans meet certain standards, and will facilitate competition and choice by rating the quality of each plan.
Individuals and families buying coverage through the Exchange may qualify for tax credits on premiums.
The Exchange will also coordinate eligibility and enrollment with state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.
More information is available at www.AccessHealthCT.com
Posted September 19, 2013
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