Q&A: 13 Things To Know About The State’s Health Insurance Exchange

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Click here for a guide to some of the common questions people have about the health exchange opens for business Oct. 1. It answers the following questions:

• Who must sign up?
• How much will this cost me a year?
• What do I get?
• I have medical coverage through work. Do I need to do anything?
• How much time do I have to enroll before there is a penalty?
• Will I have to switch doctors if I join?
• Is enrolling complicated? Should I have help when I do it?
• Where can I go to get my questions answered?
• What if I don’t have health insurance and don’t sign up, will I be arrested or fined?
• Can I really get coverage with no hassles if I have a prior health condition?
• What if I can’t afford it?
• How will this affect my Medicare coverage?
• I don’t understand the talk about subsidies and federal tax credits — what do I need to know?


About Matthew Sturdevant

Full-time staff journalist at The Hartford Courant and magazine freelancer with a master's degree in writing from Dartmouth. My work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Taiwan News, The Baltimore Sun and many other news sources. My blog has been referenced by Politico.com, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Georgetown Law Library and a number of organizations in healthcare and business. Sturdevant’s blog is "a well-written wealth of ideas," said The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, (businessjournalism.org, May 18, 2011). I have experience writing for newspapers, magazines, Web sites and blogs as well as shooting and editing video. I made regular appearances on news-talk radio and on the NBC affiliate station in Corpus Christi, Texas. I made occasional appearances on the Fox affiliate in Connecticut promoting Hartford Courant articles.

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