State Exchange Recruits New Customers

By Max Friedman 

health-insurance-app1,429 Connecticut residents purchased private health insurance during a special April enrollment period set up by Access Health CT.  The special sign up period was created to help uninsured residents avoid a tax penalty for not having insurance.

Arielle Levin Becker of the CT Mirror reported on the special sign up period results.

The special enrollment period was established for people who had to pay a tax fine this year for not having coverage in 2014, and who had not yet enrolled in coverage in 2015.

People who qualify for Medicaid can sign up at any time, as well as people with qualifying life events, such as the loss of insurance, relocation, or marital status changes.

People who do not have insurance in 2015 will face a tax penalty of $325 per person or 2 percent of annual income, whichever is higher.

110,095 people had already signed up during the regular enrollment period from November 2014 to March 2015.

The next open enrollment period will begin on October 1, 2015, and end on January 31, 2016.

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