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CT Reports Final Tally for Obamacare Enrollees

HARTFORD — The final tally is in for the number of enrollees under the Affordable Care Act through Connecticut’s website.

According to Access Health CT officials, 208,301 people enrolled in under the ACA or Obamacare between Oct. 1 2013 and March 31, 2014.

State officials report that of the total amount,  78,713 have enrolled in a private insurance carrier, Qualified Health Plan.

Additionally, the number of enrollees surged on the deadline, March 31. AHCT received 5,365 voicemail messages from consumers with questions regarding their application and collected contact information from approximately 5,000 individuals who attempted to enroll in person or online and encountered some difficulty.

“Over the past two weeks, our team has made follow up calls to each of those individuals to assist them through the enrollment process, and we have now completed all open enrollment applications,” said Kevin Counihan, Access Health CT CEO.  “We’re honored to have worked with so many organizations throughout our State and helped tens of thousands of previously uninsured or underinsured residents obtain the care they deserve.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services projected that Connecticut would enroll 33,000 consumers in private insurance plans, a target that was exceed in December 2013, and more than doubled in the final tally. Of the 208,301 enrollees, 78,713 enrolled with a private insurance carrier and 129,588 enrolled in Medicaid.

Of the 78,713 residents who enrolled with a private insurance carrier, 78 percent received a tax subsidy and 22 percent did not.  These final enrollment numbers were calculated after redeterminations, duplications and cancellations from insurance carriers.

“These final enrollment numbers highlight Connecticut’s success in implementing the Affordable Care Act,” said Governor Dannel Malloy. “Thanks to the hard work of AHCT, state agencies, community health centers, and faith-based organizations, we far exceed our goal and as a result more people have access to more affordable healthcare.”

State officials also plan to do follow up work to “help us understand the extent of the impact we’ve had so far, build on this success,  and continue efforts to make Connecticut a healthier place to live and work,” said  Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, co-chair of the Access Health CT Board. 

Until open enrollment begins on Nov. 15, 2014, residents will only be able to shop for coverage through Access Health CT under special circumstances, such as marriage, divorce, birth, adoption or loss of insurance coverage from an employer.

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