The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 242,739 people, or 8% of Connecticut’s non-elderly residents, are uninsured.
Beginning on October 1, 2013, people will be able to shop for health insurance and compare plans through Connecticut’s Health Insurance Marketplace (AccessHealthCT). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all individuals be covered by or purchase insurance beginning January 1, 2014. Enrollment starts on October 1, 2013 and ends March 31, 2014.
AccessHealthCT: Click on Get Health Coverage to browse insurance plans, apply for health coverage and confirm plans. You will need (1) your age as of January 2014; (2) the number of family members (yourself, your spouse and tax dependents); and (3) your annual household income. NOTE: You may enroll online, by phone (toll free), in person or by mail. Click on Get Help to find an individual who can assist you with the process
AccessHealthCT: 855-805-4325 (toll free in CT). Mon-Friday: 8 am-8 pm; Sat: 11 am-3 pm.
Health Insurance Marketplace: 800-318-2596 (24/7 access; toll free).
Enrollment Center: If you would like to meet with an enrollment Navigator in person, you may go to:
- 55 Church Street, New Haven, CT
- Hours: Mon-Fri: 10-6; Sat: 10-4; Sun: 12-4
- Want to make an appointment? Call 855-805-4325
Here are some additional resources to help CT residents understand how the ACA will affect businesses and people in the state:
AccessHealthCT: Your first step in signing up for health care (see above).
Representatives from the Access Health CT will conduct free workshops for residents to learn what the changes in health care mean for you and/or your business. Learn more
Office of the Healthcare Advocate for Connecticut: The mission of the Office of the Healthcare Advocate is to assist consumers with healthcare issues. . . . The office focuses on: assisting consumers in resolving problems with their health plans, and identifying and advocating on issues, trends and problems that may require executive, regulatory or legislative intervention.
HealthCare.gov: National clearinghouse of information in English and Spanish with some resources available in other languages. A very concise and helpful one-page guide to the Marketplace is also provided.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: Contains fact sheets and features of the health law.
Small Business for a Healthy CT: Use their tax credit calculator to see if your small business is eligible for a tax credit.
CT Health Channel.org: Source for Connecticut public and private health insurance information. This site is administered and sponsored by the Health Reinsurance Association of Connecticut.
Health Law Helper: Tool from Consumer Reports to help consumers make choices under the Affordable Care Act.
Asegura Tu Salud: This is the Spanish language version of Health Law Helper from Consumer Reports to help consumers make choices under the Affordable Care Act.
AARP: Contains information on the law, its benefits, how the law relates to specific populations, and more.
Enroll America is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.