Health Exchange Day 2: 373 Applications And Counting

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Web traffic continued to soar during the second day of operation at Connecticut’s health exchange, though far fewer people actually signed up for coverage.

Access Health CT is Connecticut’s new online marketplace, or exchange, where people can shop for commercial health insurance or sign up for Medicaid if a person’s income is low enough to qualify. The exchange is funded by federal dollars provided by the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

The site, www.accesshealthct.com, had about 45,000 visitors Wednesday as of 4 p.m. That’s a 32 percent increase from Tuesday, when open enrollment began for coverage in 2014. The two-day total through late Wednesday afternoon was about 79,000.

The number of inquiries to the call center declined to 1,328 as of 4 p.m. Wednesday compared with 1,930 during the same period Tuesday. Cumulative traffic as of 4 p.m. Wednesday was 3,548.

Access Health CT had processed 99 applications for health coverage as of 4 p.m. Wednesday for a cumulative total of 373 during the first two days up until 4 p.m.

Information about the exchange is available at Access Health CT’s website or through its toll free number, 855-805-4325. The call center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

About Matthew Sturdevant

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3 thoughts on “Health Exchange Day 2: 373 Applications And Counting

  1. demonot

    Just read an article where a person was told on the website that if he didn’t eventually sign up(450 a month) he would be fined $4000 . If he didn’t pay it would be taken from his bank account or a federal lien would be put in his house till it was paid

  2. curious

    I would like to know how many of the 373 are paying for their insurance or on full subsidy since I have only read stories in the Courant so far of people that are happy happy happy because they have found out they can get free health insurance. If paying, what is the average being paid and what percentage is that of the overall costs of the plans.

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