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Deadline to Register for Affordable Care Act is Dec. 23

Update: Today, the White House announced a 24-hour deadline extension for individuals enrolling in healthcare coverage through Healthcare.gov.

This deadline applies only to the federally facilitated marketplace. As a state-based marketplace, Access Health CT has established its own enrollment deadlines. 

Today, Dec. 23 remains the enrollment deadline for Connecticut residents who wish to have health care coverage effective Jan. 1, 2014.

HARTFORD — If  you want to have medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act on Jan. 1, 2014,  the last day to sign up is Dec. 23. That’s today.

Those who fail to enroll by Monday at midnight have can enroll until March 31. But they will not have medical coverage until the following year.

Although more information about the overall program is at HealthCare.gov, Connecticut has it  own website for residents to register: accessct.gov.

According the state officials, about 23,444 people have enrolled in the program since Oct. 1.

Officials release this statement regarding individuals with cancelled Medicare and Medicare services policies.

Access Health CT will be implementing the following steps to comply with this new policy:

Current open enrollment deadlines will remain unchanged. In order to begin the year with coverage, individuals still need to complete their application by December 23rd, and payment must be received by Insurance Carrier on or before January 10, 2014.

Individuals who had plans that were cancelled due to Affordable CareAct (ACA) non-compliance, will now be given an option to enroll in a catastrophic plan if they so choose. Many of the policies cancelled for non compliance were high-deductible plans. The current catastrophic plans available offer the closest options for similar coverage.

Should an individual decide to enroll in these plans, they will need to apply for a “hardship” exemption, and provide proof of dropped cover=
age. Currently, having a policy cancelled was not considered a qualifying “hardship”, but will now be added to the list of qualifying events.

Once an exemption is granted, individuals will then qualify for a 60-day “special enrollment” period where they can change from their current plan to a catastrophic plan option.

Individuals must apply for this exemption status during the open enrollment period, which ends on March 31st.

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